Meaning of REMAINDER in English


/ri mayn"deuhr/ , n.

1. something that remains or is left: the remainder of the day.

2. a remaining part.

3. Arith.

a. the quantity that remains after subtraction.

b. the portion of the dividend that is not evenly divisible by the divisor.

4. Math. the difference between a function or a number and an approximation to it.

5. 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.

6. remainders , Philately. the quantities of stamps on hand after they have been demonetized or otherwise voided for postal use.

7. a copy of a book remaining in the publisher's stock when its sale has practically ceased, frequently sold at a reduced price.


8. remaining; leftover.


9. to dispose of or sell as a remainder.

[ 1350-1400; ME remaindre to REMAIN ]

Syn. 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.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .