something that remains or is left: the remainder of the day.
3. Arithmetic. a.
the quantity that remains
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.
verb (used with object) 9.
to dispose of or sell as a remainder.
Origin: 1350–1400; Middle English
noun use of Middle French remaindre
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.