- a remaining, usually small part, quantity, number, or the like.
- a fragment or scrap.
- a small, unsold or unused piece of cloth, lace, etc., as at the end of a bolt.
- a trace; vestige: remnants of former greatness.
- remaining; leftover.
Origin of remnant
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Examples from the Web for remnants
Then when we arrive at his flat in Shepherd's Bush following the escape, perhaps there ought to be remnants of the ladder.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
The sets—which, really, were a feat of design and direction—appeared to be remnants of a Lewis Carroll fever dream.‘Peter Pan Live!’ Review: No Amount of Clapping Brings It to Life
December 5, 2014
On the valley floor outside the windows of the house are the remnants of FOB Michigan, turned over to the Afghan Army in 2011.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley
Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman
November 15, 2014
However, their absence from the charts was a far cry from a trail of failed hits, remnants of creativity run dry.How Pharrell Williams Finally Made It to the Top
August 6, 2014
Photos: Remnants of Lives Lost on MH17 Brazier was not “sick.”To Truly Shame Putin, Show Us the Bodies of MH17
July 22, 2014
By morning the remnants of the British force were in desperate straits.
It was still strewn with the remnants of our meal and with empty bottles.The Prisoner of Zenda
The remnants of the Austrians had definitely retired northward.
But none of those shadows—tops of trees, remnants of walls—moved.The Flood
Job, still ornamented with remnants of the fly paper, slunk at his heels.The Woman-Haters
Joseph C. Lincoln
- (often plural) a part left over after use, processing, etc
- a surviving trace or vestige, as of a former eraa remnant of imperialism
- a piece of material from the end of a roll, sold at a lower price
- remaining; left over
Word Origin and History for remnants
late 14c., contraction of remenant (c.1300), from Old French remanant "rest, remainder, surplus," noun use of present participle of remanoir "to remain" (see remain (v.)). Specific sense of "end of a piece of drapery, cloth, etc." is recorded from early 15c. An Old English word for "remnant" was endlaf.