from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Something left over after other parts have been taken away.
  • n. Mathematics The number left over when one integer is divided by another: The remainder plus the product of the quotient times the divisor equals the dividend.
  • n. Mathematics The number obtained when one number is subtracted from another; the difference.
  • n. Law An estate in land that is conveyed only after the termination of a preceding estate created at the same time.
  • n. A book that remains with a publisher after sales have fallen off, usually sold at a reduced price.
  • transitive v. To sell or dispose of as a remainder.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A part or parts remaining after some has/have been removed.
  • n. The amount left over after subtracting the divisor as many times as possible from the dividend without producing a negative result. If n. (dividend) and d (divisor) are integers, then n. can always be expressed in the form n = dq + r, where q (quotient) and r (remainder) are also integers and 0 ≤ r < d.
  • n. The number left over after a simple subtraction
  • n. Excessive stock items left unsold and subject to reduction in price.
  • n. An estate in expectancy which only comes in its heir's possession after an estate created by the same instrument has been determined
  • adj. remaining
  • v. To mark or declare items left unsold as subject to reduction in price.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Remaining; left; left over; refuse.
  • n. Anything that remains, or is left, after the separation and removal of a part; residue; remnant.
  • n. The quantity or sum that is left after subtraction, or after any deduction.
  • n. An estate in expectancy, generally in land, which becomes an estate in possession upon the determination of a particular prior estate, created at the same time, and by the same instrument; for example, if land be conveyed to A for life, and on his death to B, A's life interest is a particuar estate, and B's interest is a remainder, or estate in remainder.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. That which remains; anything left after the separation, removal, destruction, or passing of a part.
  • n. In mathematics, the sum or quantity left after subtraction or after any deduction; also, the part remaining over after division: thus, if 19 be divided by 4, the remainder is 3, because 19 is three more than an exact multiple of 4. In the old arithmetics called the remainer.
  • n. In law, a future estate so created as to take effect in possession and enjoyment after another estate (as a life-interest) is determined; a remnant of an estate in land, depending upon a particular prior estate, created at the same time, and by the same instrument, and limited to arise immediately on the determination of that estate, (Kent.)
  • n. In the publishing trade, that which remains of an edition the sale of which has practically ceased, and which is sold out at a reduced price.
  • n. Synonyms Rest, Remainder, Remnant, Residue, Balance, Rest is the most general term; it may represent a large or a small part. Remainder and residue generally represent a comparatively small part, and remnant a part not only very small, but of little or no account. Rest may be applied to persons as freely as to things; remainder and residue only to things; but we may speak of the remainder of a party. Remnant and residue are favorite words in the Bible for rest or remainder, as in Mat. xxii. 6 and Isa. xxi. 17, but such use of them in application to persons is now antique. Balance cannot, literally or by legitimate figure, be used for rest or remainder: we say the balance of the time, week, space, party, money. It is a cant word of trade.
  • Remaining; refuse; left.
  • n. The right to succeed to a title or position on the decease of the holder; especially the right of succession to a peerage expressly assigned to a certain person or line of descent in default of male issue in the direct line.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the number that remains after subtraction; the number that when added to the subtrahend gives the minuend
  • n. the part of the dividend that is left over when the dividend is not evenly divisible by the divisor
  • v. sell cheaply as remainders
  • n. something left after other parts have been taken away
  • n. a piece of cloth that is left over after the rest has been used or sold


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, second party's right of ownership, from Anglo-Norman, from remeindre, to remain, variant of Old French remaindre, remainer; see remain.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From remain +‎ -er.


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