- the excess of assets over liabilities accumulated throughout the existence of a business, excepting assets against which stock certificates have been issued; excess of net worth over capital-stock value.
- an amount of assets in excess of what is requisite to meet liabilities.
verb (used with object), sur·plussed or sur·plused,sur·plus·sing or sur·plus·ing.
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Origin of surplus
synonym study for surplus
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH surplussurplice, surplus
Words nearby surplus
Example sentences from the Web for surplus
Far from helping to explain the southpaw surplus, the platoon effect must actually suppress the number of left-handed pitchers.What Really Gives Left-Handed Pitchers Their Edge?|Guy Molyneux|August 17, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
I mean, don’t get me started on ethanol, because that’s the next step in reducing the surplus.How the Supermarket Helped America Win the Cold War (Ep. 386 Rebroadcast)|Stephen J. Dubner|August 6, 2020|Freakonomics
Just a few months ago, states like New Mexico were talking about a huge budget surplus.How the global oil collapse ripped a hole in US state budgets|Michael J. Coren|July 25, 2020|Quartz
Careful analysis of meteorites by Dworkin and others has found that certain “live” amino acids outnumber “evil” ones by 20% or more, a surplus they may have passed on to Earth.Cosmic Rays May Explain Life’s Bias for Right-Handed DNA|Charlie Wood|June 29, 2020|Quanta Magazine
Such a property would allow them to scatter with electrons at an enhanced rate, explaining the surplus of electronic recoils.
Scottish farmers had already been making whisky in the area for centuries with their surplus barley.
In September 2013, the government reported a surplus of $75.1 billion.
This is an era of change coming thick and fast after the war, and London is a city of surplus women and new class mobility.Sarah Waters’s New Novel Rewrites the Rules of Love|Lucy Scholes|September 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But we now have all this surplus military weaponry going to police forces.Rory Kennedy on ‘Last Days in Vietnam,’ the Parallels Between Vietnam and Iraq, and Ferguson|Marlow Stern|September 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Like surplus gear, a couple services are getting rid of people too.Downsizing the War: Layoffs and Yard Sales in Afghanistan|Nick Willard|August 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Burr, in committee, frankly declared that the surplus was to establish a bank, and Governor Jay signed the bill.The Life of John Marshall Volume 3 of 4|Albert J. Beveridge
Having completed the transfer, Ned counted the surplus left in the bag, and found it to be about 500 pounds.The Golden Dream|R.M. Ballantyne
The surplus leaf is brushed off, leaving only the design visible.The Building of a Book|Various
What do you suppose we'd be doin' with that surplus we'd accumulate?The Great American Pie Company|Ellis Parker Butler
Tastefully clad in a Navy surplus Long John, he started down the corridors.Industrial Revolution|Poul William Anderson
British Dictionary definitions for surplus
noun plural -pluses
- an excess of total assets over total liabilities
- an excess of actual net assets over the nominal value of capital stock
- an excess of revenues over expenditures during a certain period of time
- an excess of government revenues over expenditures during a certain financial year
- an excess of receipts over payments on the balance of payments
Word Origin for surplus
Cultural definitions for surplus
An unsold quantity of a good resulting from a lack of equilibrium in a market. For example, if a price is artificially high, sellers will bring more goods to the market than buyers will be willing to buy. (Compare shortage.)