Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The remainder of something after removal of parts or a part.
  • n. Matter remaining after completion of an abstractive chemical or physical process, such as evaporation, combustion, distillation, or filtration; residuum.
  • n. Law The remainder of a testator's estate after all claims, debts, and bequests are satisfied. Also called residuum.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Whatever remains after something else has been removed.
  • n. The substance that remains after evaporation, distillation, filtration or any similar process.
  • n. Whatever property or effects are left in an estate after payment of all debts, other charges and deduction of what is specifically bequeathed by the testator.
  • n. A form of complex number.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. That which remains after a part is taken, separated, removed, or designated; remnant; remainder.
  • n. That part of a testeator's estate wwhich is not disposed of in his will by particular and special legacies and devises, and which remains after payment of debts and legacies.
  • n. That which remains of a molecule after the removal of a portion of its constituents; hence, an atom or group regarded as a portion of a molecule; a moiety or group; -- used as nearly equivalent to radical, but in a more general sense.
  • n. Any positive or negative number that differs from a given number by a multiple of a given modulus.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. That which remains after a part is taken, separated, removed, or dealt with in some other way; what is left over; remainder; the rest.
  • n. In law:
  • n. The residuum of a testator's estate after payment of debts and legacies.
  • n. That which remains of a testator's estate after payment of debts and particular legacies, and is undisposed of except it may be by a general clause or residuary legacy.
  • n. In the theory of numbers, the remainder after division, especially after division by a fixed modulus; in the integral calculus, the integral of a monodromic function taken round a pole or poles: same as residual, 2.
  • n. Synonyms Rest, etc. See remainder.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. something left after other parts have been taken away
  • n. matter that remains after something has been removed

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French residu, from Latin residuum, neuter of residuus, remaining, from residēre, to remain behind; see reside.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

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