# remainder

[ri-meyn-der]

- something that remains or is left: the remainder of the day.
- a remaining part.
- Arithmetic.
- the quantity that remains after subtraction.
- the portion of the dividend that is not evenly divisible by the divisor.

- Mathematics. the difference between a function or a number and an approximation to it.
- Law. a future interest so created as to take effect at the end of another estate, as when property is conveyed to one person for life and then to another.
- remainders, Philately. the quantities of stamps on hand after they have been demonetized or otherwise voided for postal use.
- a copy of a book remaining in the publisher's stock when its sale has practically ceased, frequently sold at a reduced price.

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- remaining; leftover.

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- to dispose of or sell as a remainder.

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## Origin of remainder^{}

## Synonyms

See more synonyms for remainder on Thesaurus.com1. residuum, remnant, excess, rest, overage. 2. Remainder, balance, residue, surplus refer to a portion left over. Remainder is the general word ( the remainder of one's life ); it may refer in particular to the mathematical process of subtraction: 7 minus 5 leaves a remainder of 2. Balance, originally a bookkeeper's term referring to the amount of money left to one's account ( a bank balance ), is often used as a synonym for remainder : the balance of the day. Residue is used particularly to designate what remains as the result of a process; this is usually a chemical process, but the word may also refer to a legal process concerning inheritance: a residue of ash left from burning leaves. Surplus suggests that what remains is in excess of what was needed: a surplus of goods.

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## Examples from the Web for remainder

### Contemporary Examples

#### The second-place major party candidate would get the remainder.

#### For the remainder of Season 3, Rick battles his dark side in the form of the Governor.

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October 28, 2014

#### For the remainder of the motorcade, there is no radio traffic.

#### The remainder is “peculiar” motion: movement of galaxies as dictated by the presence of matter nearby.

#### You could devote the remainder of your life to the study of Arabic and you'd never truly be able to communicate with these people.

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August 31, 2014

### Historical Examples

#### We have now only flour enough for the remainder of our journey.

Explorations in AustraliaJohn Forrest

#### And now I will try if any repose will fall to my lot for the remainder of this night.

Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)Samuel Richardson

#### For the remainder of that day, poor George was in a regular whirl of excitement.

Life in LondonEdwin Hodder

#### Add the remainder of the celery and pour the sauce over this.

Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 2Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences

#### Proceed with the remainder of the process as in canning peaches.

Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences

## remainder

- a part or portion that is left, as after use, subtraction, expenditure, the passage of time, etcthe remainder of the milk; the remainder of the day
- maths
- the amount left over when one quantity cannot be exactly divided by anotherfor 10 ÷ 3, the remainder is 1
- another name for difference (def. 7b)

- property law a future interest in property; an interest in a particular estate that will pass to one at some future date, as on the death of the current possessor
- a number of copies of a book left unsold when demand slows or ceases, which are sold at a reduced price by the publisher

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- (tr) to sell (copies of a book) as a remainder

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## Word Origin

C15: from Anglo-French, from Old French remaindre (infinitive used as noun), variant of remanoir; see remain

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## Word Origin and History for remainder

### n.

late 14c., from Anglo-French remainder, Old French remaindre, noun use of infinitive, a variant of Old French remanoir (see remain (v.)). The verb meaning "dispose of (books) at a reduced price" is from 1904. Related: Remaindered.

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## remainder

[rĭ-mān′dər]

- In division, the difference between the dividend and the product of the quotient and divisor. Dividing 14 by 3 gives 4 and a remainder of 2.

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