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Definitions for remainder
rɪˈmeɪn dərre·main·der

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. remainder, balance, residual, residue, residuum, restnoun

    something left after other parts have been taken away

    "there was no remainder"; "he threw away the rest"; "he took what he wanted and I got the balance"

  2. remaindernoun

    the part of the dividend that is left over when the dividend is not evenly divisible by the divisor

  3. remainder, differencenoun

    the number that remains after subtraction; the number that when added to the subtrahend gives the minuend

  4. end, remainder, remnant, oddmentverb

    a piece of cloth that is left over after the rest has been used or sold

  5. remainderverb

    sell cheaply as remainders

    "The publisher remaindered the books"


  1. remaindernoun

    A part or parts remaining after some has/have been removed.

  2. remaindernoun

    The amount left over after subtracting the divisor as many times as possible from the dividend without producing a negative result. If (dividend) and d (divisor) are integers, then can always be expressed in the form n = dq + r, where q (quotient) and r (remainder) are also integers and 0 r d.

  3. remaindernoun

    The number left over after a simple subtraction

    10 minus 4 leaves a remainder of 6

  4. remaindernoun

    Excessive stock items left unsold and subject to reduction in price.

    I got a really good price on this shirt because it was a remainder.

  5. remaindernoun

    An estate in expectancy which only comes in its heir's possession after an estate created by the same instrument has been determined

  6. remainderverb

    To mark or declare items left unsold as subject to reduction in price.

    The bookstore remaindered the unsold copies of that book at the end of summer at a reduced price.

  7. remainderadjective


Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Remainderadjective

    Remaining; refuse; left.

    Etymology: from remain.

    His brain
    Is as dry as the remainder bisket
    After a voyage. William Shakespeare, As You Like it.

    We turn not back the silks upon the merchant,
    When we have spoil’d them; nor the remainder viands
    We do not throw in unrespective place,
    Because we now are full. William Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida.

  2. Remaindernoun

    The gods protect you,
    And bless the good remainders of the court! William Shakespeare.

    A fine is levied to grant a reversion or remainder, expectant upon a lease that yieldeth no rent. Francis Bacon.

    Mahomet’s crescent by our feuds encreast,
    Blasted the learn’d remainders of the East. John Denham.

    Could bare ingratitude have made any one so diabolical, had not cruelty came in as a second to its assistance, and cleared the villain’s breast of all remainders of humanity? South.

    There are two restraints which God hath put upon human nature, shame and fear; shame is the weaker, and hath place only in those in whom there are some remainders of virtue. John Tillotson.

    What madness moves you, matrons, to destroy
    The last remainders of unhappy Troy? Dryden.

    If he, to whom ten talents were committed, has squandered away five, he is concerned to make a double improvement of the remainder. John Rogers.

    If these decoctions be repeated till the water comes off clear, the remainder yields no salt. Arbuthnot.

    Of six millions raised every year for the service of the publick, one third is intercepted through the several subordinations of artful men in office, before the remainder is applied to the proper use. Jonathan Swift.

    Shew us
    The poor remainder of Andronicus. William Shakespeare.


  1. Remainder

    In mathematics, the remainder is the amount "left over" after performing some computation. In arithmetic, the remainder is the integer "left over" after dividing one integer by another to produce an integer quotient (integer division). In algebra of polynomials, the remainder is the polynomial "left over" after dividing one polynomial by another. The modulo operation is the operation that produces such a remainder when given a dividend and divisor. Alternatively, a remainder is also what is left after subtracting one number from another, although this is more precisely called the difference. This usage can be found in some elementary textbooks; colloquially it is replaced by the expression "the rest" as in "Give me two dollars back and keep the rest." However, the term "remainder" is still used in this sense when a function is approximated by a series expansion, where the error expression ("the rest") is referred to as the remainder term.


  1. remainder

    A remainder is the amount left over or remaining after a division operation, when one quantity cannot be evenly divided by another. It represents the number that is left after the divisor has subtracted the largest multiple it can from the dividend.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Remaindernoun

    anything that remains, or is left, after the separation and removal of a part; residue; remnant

  2. Remaindernoun

    the quantity or sum that is left after subtraction, or after any deduction

  3. Remaindernoun

    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

  4. Remainderadjective

    remaining; left; left over; refuse


  1. Remainder

    In arithmetic, the remainder is the amount "left over" after performing the division of two integers which do not divide evenly, that is, where the result of the division cannot be expressed as an integer.

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'remainder' in Nouns Frequency: #2060

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of remainder in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of remainder in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of remainder in a Sentence

  1. Matthew Pointon:

    With mortgage rates set to rise over the remainder of the year, we expect house price growth will continue to slow, but record low levels of inventory will also provide support to prices, and the slowdown will be gradual.

  2. Onur Ozan:

    SWIFT has completed the on-boarding process for these banks, and can confirm that they have now been reconnected to SWIFT, we will continue to work with the remainder of the entities that have applied to rejoin SWIFT to ensure their smooth reconnection.

  3. Lawrence Yun:

    This is very unusual very unusual that this is persisting over several months, and it may be for the remainder of the year.

  4. Kevin Orcutt:

    The remainder of the training is for the control applications, which the martial arts experts don't teach because they're not putting people in handcuffs.

  5. Guy Berger:

    The labor market appears to be in good health through the June payroll survey period. This ongoing labor market resilience is important, because it underpins our forecast of a rebound in the economy during the remainder of 2015.

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