- pertaining to or constituting a residue or remainder; remaining; leftover.
- formed by the subtraction of one quantity from another: a residual quantity.
- (of a set) having complement of first category.
- of or relating to the payment of residuals.
- Medicine/Medical. remaining in an organ or part following normal discharge or expulsion: residual air.
- Geology. remaining after the soluble elements have been dissolved: residual soil.
- a residual quantity; remainder.
- Often residuals. something that remains to discomfort or disable a person following an illness, injury, operation, or the like; disability: His residuals are a weak heart and light-headedness.
- 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.
- Navigation. a slight deviation of an adjusted compass on a certain heading.
- Usually residuals. additional pay given to a performer for reruns, repeated use of a film, radio or TV commercial, or the like, in which the performer appears.
Origin of residual
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1. continuing, lasting, enduring, lingering.
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Examples from the Web for residual
There is a lot of residual concern that Lizard Squad was able to get even this far.The Attack on the Hidden Internet
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Was it wise for the US to leave Iraq without even a residual force in place?Want President Hillary? Then Primary Her
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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.The Crazy Medieval Island of Sark
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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
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But here was a mother who “knew,” but had residual misgivings, and problems and frailties of her own.How ‘Looking’ Suddenly Got Its Act Together
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I'm currently checking stuff that looks like residual organic, and am not too happy about it.Competition
Similarly the residual cellulose shows a deficiency of 5-9 p.ct.Researches on Cellulose
C. F. Cross
The residual gases in a vacuum tube are dense by comparison.The Outline of Science, Vol. 1 (of 4)
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It is quite exquisite, the hunt after and the unearthing of the residual cause.Spare Hours
Residual mantles of impure clay and sand are commonly formed.The Economic Aspect of Geology
C. K. Leith
- of, relating to, or designating a residue or remainder; remaining; left over
- (of deposits, soils, etc) formed by the weathering of pre-existing rocks and the removal of disintegrated material
- of or relating to the payment of residuals
- something left over as a residue; remainder
- 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
- (often plural) payment made to an actor, actress, musician, etc, for subsequent use of film in which the person appears
Word Origin and History for residual
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Of, relating to, or characteristic of a residue.
- Remaining as a residue.
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