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

  • noun Something remaining after removal of a part; a residue.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In geology, the insoluble remainder left behind during processes of rock-weathering by the removal of the soluble portion.
  • noun That which is left after any process; that which remains; a residue.
  • noun Specifically, in late, that part of an estate which is left after the payment of charges, debts, and particular bequests; more strictly, the part so left which is effectively disposed of by a residuary clause.

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

  • noun That which is left after any process of separation or purification; that which remains after certain specified deductions are made; residue.

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

  • noun The solid material remaining after the liquid in which it was dissolved has been evaporated; a residue.

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

  • noun something left after other parts have been taken away


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

[Latin, residue; see residue.]


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  • Ah! Take of these elements all that is fusible,

    Melt them all down in a pipkin or crucible,

    Set them to simmer, and take off the scum,

    And a Heavy Dragoon is the residuum!

    -- W.S. Gilbert, Patience

    August 21, 2008

  • Milo, you are a scholar indeed! I appreciate your energy.

    August 21, 2008

  • Lees, molly?

    September 1, 2008

  • Thanks, bilby. I have it under residua.

    September 2, 2008