from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Remaining as an unused portion or amount.
  • noun A remnant or an unused portion.
  • noun Food remaining from a previous meal.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective not used up; remaining after use of part.
  • adjective remaining from a previous meal; -- of food.
  • noun An unused part or portion; -- used especially of food remaining uneaten from a previous meal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Remaining; left behind; extra; in reserve.
  • adjective Remaining after a meal is complete or eaten for a later meal or snack.
  • noun Something left behind; an excess or remainder.

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

  • adjective not used up
  • adjective not used up
  • noun a small part or portion that remains after the main part no longer exists


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From left ("remaining", "abandoned") + over ("excess")


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