These adjectives mean coming after all others in chronology or sequence. Last applies to what comes at the end of a series: the last day of the month. Something final stresses the definitiveness and decisiveness of the conclusion: “I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality” (Martin Luther King, Jr.) Terminal applies to what marks or forms a limit or boundary, as in space, time, or development: The railroad chose as its terminal city a town with a large harbor.Ultimate applies to what concludes a series, process, or progression, to what constitutes a final result or objective, and to what is most distant or remote, as in time: the ultimate sonata of that opus; our ultimate goal; the ultimate effect.
At Smolensk the armies at last reunited, much as Bagration disliked it.
"Well, at last I've finished, now I'll rest," thought the prince, and let Tikhon undress him.
Selivanov, now, did a good stroke last Thursday-- sold flour to the army at nine rubles a sack.
The old man was still sitting in the ornamental garden, like a fly impassive on the face of a loved one who is dead, tapping the last on which he was making the bast shoe, and two little girls, running out from the hot house carrying in their skirts plums they had plucked from the trees there, came upon Prince Andrew.
At last we have a man! said he, glancing sternly and significantly round at everyone in the drawing room.