[ sur-pluhs, -pluhs ]
/ ˈsɜr plʌs, -pləs /
something that remains above what is used or needed.
an amount, quantity, etc., greater than needed.
agricultural produce or a quantity of food grown by a nation or area in excess of its needs, especially such a quantity of food purchased and stored by a governmental program of guaranteeing farmers a specific price for certain crops.
- 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.
being a surplus; being in excess of what is required: surplus wheat.
verb (used with object), sur·plussed or sur·plused, sur·plus·sing or sur·plus·ing.
to treat as surplus; sell off; retire: The government surplussed some of its desert lands.
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British Dictionary definitions for surplusing
/ (ˈsɜːpləs) /
noun plural -pluses
a quantity or amount in excess of what is required
- 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
being in excess; extra
Word Origin for surplus
C14: from Old French, from Medieval Latin superplūs, from Latin super- + plūs more
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Cultural definitions for surplusing
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.)
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