- formed by the subtraction of one quantity from another: a residual quantity.
- (of a set) having complement of first category.
- the deviation of one of a set of observations or numbers from the mean of the set.
- the deviation between an empirical and a theoretical result.
Origin of residual
OTHER WORDS FROM residualnon·re·sid·u·al, adjective, nounun·re·sid·u·al, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH residualresidual residue
Words nearby residual
Example sentences from the Web for residual
There is a lot of residual concern that Lizard Squad was able to get even this far.
Was it wise for the US to leave Iraq without even a residual force in place?
I thought I could feel something, but it was hard to tell if it was residual tingling from the massage or magic on the path.
Advancements in armor and medical care have saved their lives but left them struggling with these residual injuries.How a Thumb-Sized Gauge Is Revolutionizing Traumatic Brain Injuries|Brian Castner|March 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But here was a mother who “knew,” but had residual misgivings, and problems and frailties of her own.
The magnetism remaining in the iron after the current stops is called the residual magnetism.Physics|Willis Eugene Tower
The powers of the Imperial government, it is important to observe, are specifically enumerated; those of the states are residual.The Governments of Europe|Frederic Austin Ogg
These residual forces tend to make the whole earth turn round the centre C in a clockwise direction.
Residual mantles of impure clay and sand are commonly formed.The Economic Aspect of Geology|C. K. Leith
The soil that is found resting on the rocks from which it was formed is known as residual soil.Conservation Reader|Harold W. Fairbanks
British Dictionary definitions for residual
- the difference between the mean of a set of observations and one particular observation
- the difference between the numerical value of one particular observation and the theoretical result