- something that remains after a part is removed, disposed of, or used; remainder; rest; remnant.
- residuum(def 2).
- an atom or group of atoms considered as a group or part of a molecule.
- that part remaining as a solid on a filter paper after a liquid passes through in the filtration procedure.
- Law. the part of a testator's estate that remains after the payment of all debts, charges, special devises, and bequests.
- the coefficient of the term with exponent −1 in a Laurent series of a function of a complex variable.
- a number related to a given number by a congruence.
Origin of residue
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Related Words for residueslag, debris, silt, scum, surplus, garbage, extra, rest, remnant, remains, dross, trash, junk, leavings, residual, excess, remainder, sewage, dregs, balance
Examples from the Web for residue
Contemporary Examples of residue
For five weeks I forced myself to sit at my house table, figuring that my reluctance was a residue of my introversion.Freshman Year Sucks—and That’s OK
November 12, 2014
There is no mention of any residue of the tablets that Shawn is supposed to have taken.The Strange and Mysterious Death of Mrs. Jerry Lee Lewis
Richard Ben Cramer
January 11, 2014
That oil used in manufacturing the gauges had not been flushed out, and a residue remained.The 800 Dangerous Airbus Planes in the Sky
March 14, 2010
Historical Examples of residue
The residue is of a brown color, and has a saline, bitter taste.
It gave a residue on ignition amounting only to 1.6 per cent.
Brewers' grains are the residue of barley malt and corn grits.Government by the Brewers?
And whichever of these qualities we find in the State, the one which is not found will be the residue?The Republic
A residue of egoism remains in every affection—even paternal.Chance
- matter remaining after something has been removed
- law what is left of an estate after the discharge of debts and distribution of specific gifts
Word Origin for residue
mid-14c., from Old French residu (14c.), from Latin residuum "a remainder, that which is left behind," noun use of neuter of adjective residuus "remaining, left over," from residere "remain behind" (see reside).
- The remainder of something after removal of parts or a part.