remainder

[ri-meyn-der]

noun

adjective

remaining; leftover.

verb (used with object)

to dispose of or sell as a remainder.

Nearby words

  1. relumine,
  2. rely,
  3. rem,
  4. rem sleep,
  5. remain,
  6. remainderman,
  7. remaining,
  8. remains,
  9. remak's sign,
  10. remake

Origin of remainder

1350–1400; Middle English < Anglo-French, noun use of Middle French remaindre to remain

SYNONYMS FOR remainder
1. 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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British Dictionary definitions for remainder

remainder

noun

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
  1. the amount left over when one quantity cannot be exactly divided by anotherfor 10 ÷ 3, the remainder is 1
  2. 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

verb

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

Word Origin for remainder

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

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for remainder

remainder

[rĭ-māndər]

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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