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[ri-meyn-der] /rɪˈmeɪn dər/
something that remains or is left:
the remainder of the day.
a remaining part.
  1. the quantity that remains after subtraction.
  2. the portion of the dividend that is not evenly divisible by the divisor.
Mathematics. the difference between a function or a number and an approximation to it.
Law. a future interest so created as to take effect at the end of another estate, as when property is conveyed to one person for life and then to another.
remainders, Philately. the quantities of stamps on hand after they have been demonetized or otherwise voided for postal use.
a copy of a book remaining in the publisher's stock when its sale has practically ceased, frequently sold at a reduced price.
remaining; leftover.
verb (used with object)
to dispose of or sell as a remainder.
1350-1400; Middle English < Anglo-French, noun use of Middle French remaindre to remain
1. residuum, remnant, excess, rest, overage. 2. Remainder, balance, residue, surplus refer to a portion left over. Remainder is the general word (the remainder of one's life ); it may refer in particular to the mathematical process of subtraction: 7 minus 5 leaves a remainder of 2. Balance, originally a bookkeeper's term referring to the amount of money left to one's account (a bank balance ), is often used as a synonym for remainder : the balance of the day. Residue is used particularly to designate what remains as the result of a process; this is usually a chemical process, but the word may also refer to a legal process concerning inheritance: a residue of ash left from burning leaves. Surplus suggests that what remains is in excess of what was needed: a surplus of goods. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for remainder
  • Discovery of long-lost poems saves an ancient author from history's remainder table.
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  • The remainder seems to be emitted when the cows belch during rumination.
  • As much oil as possible was drawn from the tank and the remainder burned.
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  • The liver preferentially absorbs the glycerol and some of the fatty acids--the remainder of which is taken in by muscle.
  • Cut back some branches by one-third, others by two-thirds, and the remainder nearly all the way.
  • Please remember to stow your dignity in the overhead compartment for the remainder of your flight.
  • The remainder of the settlement will be paid by the university and its insurance company.
  • Sponsor may withdraw the remainder of the prize that has been fulfilled.
British Dictionary definitions for remainder


a part or portion that is left, as after use, subtraction, expenditure, the passage of time, etc: the remainder of the milk, the remainder of the day
  1. the amount left over when one quantity cannot be exactly divided by another: for 10 ÷ 3, the remainder is 1
  2. another name for difference (sense 7b)
(property law) a future interest in property; an interest in a particular estate that will pass to one at some future date, as on the death of the current possessor
a number of copies of a book left unsold when demand slows or ceases, which are sold at a reduced price by the publisher
(transitive) to sell (copies of a book) as a remainder
Word Origin
C15: from Anglo-French, from Old French remaindre (infinitive used as noun), variant of remanoir; see remain
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Word Origin and History for remainder

late 14c., from Anglo-French remainder, Old French remaindre, noun use of infinitive, a variant of Old French remanoir (see remain (v.)). The verb meaning "dispose of (books) at a reduced price" is from 1904. Related: Remaindered.

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remainder in Science
In division, the difference between the dividend and the product of the quotient and divisor. Dividing 14 by 3 gives 4 and a remainder of 2.
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Encyclopedia Article for remainder

in Anglo-American law, a future interest held by one person in the property of another, which, upon the happening of a certain event, will become his own. The holder of this interest is known in legal terms as a remainderman.

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