- something that remains or is left: the remainder of the day.
- a remaining part.
- 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.
- remaining; leftover.
- to dispose of or sell as a remainder.
Origin of remainder
1350–1400; Middle English < Anglo-French, noun use of Middle French remaindre to remain
SynonymsSee more synonyms for remainder on Thesaurus.com
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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- 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
- 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
- (tr) to sell (copies of a book) as a remainder
C15: from Anglo-French, from Old French remaindre (infinitive used as noun), variant of remanoir; see remain
Word Origin and History for remaindered
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
- 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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