Pronunciation: (fīn'l), [key]
1. pertaining to or coming at the end; last in place, order, or time: the final meeting of the year.
2. ultimate: The final goal is world peace.
3. conclusive or decisive: a final decision.
4. constituting the end or purpose: a final result.
5. pertaining to or expressing the end or purpose: a final clause.
a. precluding further controversy on the questions passed upon: The judicial determination of the Supreme Court is final.
b. determining all issues presented, so that no further decision upon the merits of the issues is necessary: a final judgment or decree.
7. Phonet.occurring at the end of a word or syllable, as the (t) sound in bit or bite.
1. that which is last; that which forms an end or termination.
2. Often, finals.
a. the last and decisive game, match, contest, or round in a series, as in sports.
b. the last, usually comprehensive, examination in a course of study.
3. the last edition of a newspaper published on any day.
4. Music.the tonic note of a church mode.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.