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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Late  \Late\,  a.  [Compar.  {Later},  or  {latter};  superl. 
  {Latest}.]  [OE.  lat  slow,  slack,  AS  l[ae]t;  akin  to  OS  lat, 
  D.  laat  late,  G.  lass  weary,  lazy,  slack,  Icel.  latr,  Sw 
  lat,  Dan.  lad,  Goth.  lats,  and  to  E.  let  v.  See  {Let}  to 
  permit,  and  cf  {Alas},  {Lassitude}.] 
  1.  Coming  after  the  time  when  due,  or  after  the  usual  or 
  proper  time;  not  early;  slow;  tardy;  long  delayed;  as  a 
  late  spring. 
 
  2.  Far  advanced  toward  the  end  or  close  as  a  late  hour  of 
  the  day  a  late  period  of  life. 
 
  3.  Existing  or  holding  some  position  not  long  ago,  but  not 
  now  lately  deceased,  departed,  or  gone  out  of  office;  as 
  the  late  bishop  of  London;  the  late  administration. 
 
  4.  Not  long  past;  happening  not  long  ago;  recent;  as  the 
  late  rains;  we  have  received  late  intelligence. 
 
  5.  Continuing  or  doing  until  an  advanced  hour  of  the  night; 
  as  late  revels;  a  late  watcher. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Latter  \Lat"ter\,  a.  [OE.  later  l[ae]tter,  compar.  of  lat  late. 
  See  {Late},  and  cf  {Later}.] 
  1.  Later  more  recent;  coming  or  happening  after  something 
  else;  --  opposed  to  {former};  as  the  former  and  latter 
  rain. 
 
  2.  Of  two  things  the  one  mentioned  second 
 
  The  difference  between  reason  and  revelation,  and  in 
  what  sense  the  latter  is  superior.  --I.  Watts. 
 
  3.  Recent;  modern. 
 
  Hath  not  navigation  discovered  in  these  latter  ages, 
  whole  nations  at  the  bay  of  Soldania?  --Locke. 
 
  4.  Last  latest;  final.  [R.]  ``My  latter  gasp.''  --Shak. 
 
  {Latter  harvest},  the  last  part  of  the  harvest. 
 
  {Latter  spring},  the  last  part  of  the  spring  of  the  year. 
  --Shak. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  latter 
  adj  1:  referring  to  the  the  second  of  two  things  or  persons 
  mentioned  (or  the  last  one  or  ones  of  several);  "in 
  the  latter  case"  [syn:  {latter(a)}]  [ant:  {former(a)}] 
  2:  more  advanced  in  time  or  nearer  to  the  end  in  a  sequence; 
  "these  latter  days";  "the  latter  (or  last)  part  of  the 
  book";  "latter  (or  later)  part  of  the  l8th  century"  [syn: 
  {later(a)},  {last(a)},  {latter(a)}] 
  n  :  the  second  of  two  or  the  second  mentioned  of  two  "Tom  and 
  Dick  were  both  heroes  but  only  the  latter  is  remembered 
  today"  [ant:  {former}] 




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