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residue

[rez-i-doo, -dyoo] /ˈrɛz ɪˌdu, -ˌdyu/
noun
1.
something that remains after a part is removed, disposed of, or used; remainder; rest; remnant.
2.
Chemistry.
  1. residuum (def 2).
  2. an atom or group of atoms considered as a group or part of a molecule.
  3. that part remaining as a solid on a filter paper after a liquid passes through in the filtration procedure.
3.
Law. the part of a testator's estate that remains after the payment of all debts, charges, special devises, and bequests.
4.
Mathematics.
  1. the coefficient of the term with exponent −1 in a Laurent series of a function of a complex variable.
  2. a number related to a given number by a congruence.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English < Middle French residu < Latin residuum what is left over; see residual
Can be confused
residual, residue.
Synonyms
1. remains, residuum. See remainder.
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Examples for residue
  • Perc residue also remains on clothes after they are cleaned.
  • Gut rest for a couple days, liquid or low residue diet along with whatever antibiotics you're currently prescribed.
  • Clean residue before it cures, with alcohol or acetone.
  • The team found that the top and bottom sections of the core were clear of petroleum residue.
  • Behavioral residue is the residue of our actions, and our actions are the meat of everyday personality.
  • Paper money is almost always tainted with drug residue.
  • It leaves waxy residue that can either be skimmed from the surface or sink to the bottom of the ocean.
  • It's nothing overt nor mean-spirited, simply the remaining residue of a different time.
  • From the residue of mining to untreated sewage, the world is grappling with a host of environmental problems.
  • If you don't see any suds right away, turn off the machine and see if there is any soapy residue.
British Dictionary definitions for residue

residue

/ˈrɛzɪˌdjuː/
noun
1.
matter remaining after something has been removed
2.
(law) what is left of an estate after the discharge of debts and distribution of specific gifts
Word Origin
C14: from Old French residu, from Latin residuus remaining over, from residēre to stay behind, reside
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Word Origin and History for residue
residue
mid-14c., from O.Fr. residu, from L. residuum "a remainder," neut. of residuus "remaining, left over," from residere "remain behind" (see residence).
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residue in Medicine

residue res·i·due (rěz'ĭ-dōō', -dyōō')
n.
The remainder of something after removal of parts or a part.

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