from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The northernmost region of the habitable world as thought of by ancient geographers.
- n. A distant territory or destination.
- n. A remote goal or ideal: "the ultima Thule of technology, the ne plus ultra . . . the answer to every earthly problem” ( John Gould).
Latin ultima Thūlē : ultima, feminine of ultimus, farthest + Thūlē, Thule.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)