Last vs. Past

By Jaxson

Main Difference

The main difference between Last and Past is that the Last is a mechanical form that has a shape similar to that of a human foot and Past is a subdivision of time.

  • Last

    A last is a mechanical form that has a shape similar to that of a human foot. It is used by shoemakers and cordwainers in the manufacture and repair of shoes. Lasts typically come in pairs and have been made from various materials, including hardwoods, cast iron, and high-density plastics.

  • Past

    The past is a term used to indicate the totality of events that occurred before a given point in time. The past is contrasted with and defined by the present and the future. The concept of the past is derived from the linear fashion in which human observers experience time, and is accessed through memory and recollection. In addition, human beings have recorded the past since the advent of written language.

    The past is the object of study within such fields as history, memory, flashback, recollection, archaeology, archaeoastronomy, chronology, geology, historical geology, historical linguistics, law, ontology, paleontology, paleobotany, paleoethnobotany, palaeogeography, paleoclimatology, terminology and cosmology.

  • Last (adjective)

    Final, ultimate, coming after all others of its kind.

    ““Eyes Wide Shut” was the last film to be directed by Stanley Kubrick.”

  • Last (adjective)

    Most recent, latest, last so far.

    “The last time I saw him, he was married.”

    “I have received your note dated the 17th last, and am responding to say that…}}.”


  • Last (adjective)

    Farthest of all from a given quality, character, or condition; most unlikely, or least preferable.

    “He is the last person to be accused of theft.”

    “The last person I want to meet is Helen.”

    “More rain is the last thing we need right now.”

  • Last (adjective)

    Being the only one remaining of its class.

    “Japan is the last empire.”

  • Last (adjective)

    Supreme; highest in degree; utmost.

  • Last (adjective)

    Lowest in rank or degree.

    “the last prize”

  • Last (determiner)

    The (one) immediately before the present.

    “We went there last year.”

  • Last (determiner)

    Closest to seven days (one week) ago.

    “It’s Wednesday, and the party was last Tuesday; that is, not yesterday, but eight days ago.”

  • Last (adverb)

    Most recently.

    “When we last met, he was based in Toronto.”

  • Last (adverb)

    after everything else; finally

    “I’ll go last.”

    “last but not least”

  • Last (verb)

    To perform, carry out.

  • Last (verb)

    To endure, continue over time.

    “Summer seems to last longer each year.”

    “They seem happy now, but that won’t last long.”

  • Last (verb)

    To hold out, continue undefeated or entire.

    “I don’t know how much longer we can last without reinforcements.”

  • Last (verb)

    To shape with a last; to fasten or fit to a last; to place smoothly on a last.

    “to last a boot”

  • Last (noun)

    A tool for shaping or preserving the shape of shoes.

  • Last (noun)

    A burden; load; a cargo; freight.

  • Last (noun)

    A measure of weight or quantity, varying in designation depending on the goods concerned.

  • Last (noun)

    An old English (and Dutch) measure of the carrying capacity of a ship, equal to two tons.

  • Last (noun)

    A load of some commodity with reference to its weight and commercial value.

  • Past (noun)

    The period of time that has already happened, in contrast to the present and the future.

    “a book about a time machine that can transport people back into the past”

  • Past (noun)

    The past tense.

  • Past (adjective)

    Having already happened; in the past; finished. from 14th c.

    “past glories”

  • Past (adjective)

    Following expressions of time to indicate how long ago something happened; ago. from 15th c.

  • Past (adjective)

    Of a period of time: having just gone by; previous. from 15th c.

    “during the past year”

  • Past (adjective)

    Of a tense, expressing action that has already happened or a previously-existing state. from 18th c.

    “past tense”

  • Past (adverb)

    in a direction that passes

    “I watched him walk past”

  • Past (adverb)

    Passing by, especially without stopping or being delayed.

    “Ignore them, we’ll play past them.”

    “Please don’t drive past the fruit stand, I want to stop there.”

  • Past (preposition)

    beyond in place, quantity or time

    “the room past mine”

    “count past twenty”

    “past midnight”


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