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ˈrɛm nəntrem·nant

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. leftover, remnantnoun

    a small part or portion that remains after the main part no longer exists

  2. end, remainder, remnant, oddmentnoun

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


  1. remnantnoun

    The small portion remaining of a larger thing or group.

  2. remnantnoun

    The remaining fabric at the end of the bolt.

    Usually not enough to make an entire project by itself, remnants of several fabrics can be used to make quilts.

  3. remnantnoun

    An unsold end of piece goods, as cloth, ribbons, carpets, etc.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Remnantadjective

    Remaining; yet left.

    Etymology: corruptly formed from remanent.

    It bid her feel
    No future pain for me; but instant wed
    A lover more proportion’d to her bed;
    And quiet dedicate her remnant life
    To the just duties of an humble wife. Matthew Prior.

  2. Remnantnoun

    Residue; that which is left; that which remains.

    Etymology: corrupted from remanent.

    Poor key-cold figure of a holy king!
    Thou bloodless remnant of that royal blood,
    Be’t lawful that I invocate thy ghost? William Shakespeare, Rich. III.

    Bear me hence
    From forth the noise and rumour of the field,
    Where I may think the remnant of my thoughts. William Shakespeare.

    About his shelves
    Remnants of packthread and old cakes of roses
    Were thinly scatter’d. William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet.

    I was entreated to get them some respite and breathing by a cessation, without which they saw no probability to preserve the remnant that had yet escaped. Charles I .

    Their Andes are far higher than those with us; whereby it seems that the remnants of the generation of men were in such a deluge saved. Francis Bacon.

    The remnant of my tale is of a length
    To tire your patience. John Dryden, Knight’s Tale.

    A feeble army and an empty senate,
    Remnants of mighty battles fought in vain. Addison.

    See the poor remnants of these slighted hairs!
    My hands shall rend what e’en thy rapine spares. Alexander Pope.

    The frequent use of the latter was a remnant of popery, which never admitted scripture in the vulgar tongue. Jonathan Swift.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Remnantadjective

    remaining; yet left

  2. Remnantadjective

    that which remains after a part is removed, destroyed, used up, performed, etc.; residue

  3. Remnantadjective

    a small portion; a slight trace; a fragment; a little bit; a scrap

  4. Remnantadjective

    an unsold end of piece goods, as cloth, ribbons, carpets, etc

  5. Etymology: [OF. remanant, p. pr. of remanoir, remaindre. See Remanent, Remain.]


  1. Remnant

    In Seventh-day Adventist theology, there will be an end time remnant of believers who are faithful to God. The remnant church is a visible, historical, organized body characterized by obedience to the commandments of God and the possession of a unique end-time gospel proclamation. Adventists have traditionally equated this "remnant church" with the Seventh-day Adventist denomination. A distinct but related concept is the eschatological remnant, which will be manifest shortly prior to the second coming of Jesus. The "remnant church" is understood to act as a catalyst for the formation of this group. The eschatological remnant will consist of some constituents of the present "remnant church", together with a cohort of believers from other churches. Only members of the eschatological remnant will be saved through the end-times. Traditionally, Adventists have also applied the symbol of "Laodicea" to themselves, a self-criticism as being "lukewarm" in the faith. The Adventist doctrine of the end-time remnant is based primarily upon Revelation 12:17, which states: An estimated 90% of Adventists believe "The Adventist Church has a special mission to proclaim God’s last message to the world", according to estimates of local church leaders in a 2002 worldwide survey.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Remnant

    rem′nant, n. that which remains behind after a part is removed, of a web of cloth, &c.: remainder: a fragment. [O. Fr. remenant, remainder.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of remnant in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of remnant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of remnant in a Sentence

  1. Andy Levinson:

    The reason the CDC does not require someone to test again after 10 days of isolation is it's very likely that for some period the test is going to detect remnant viral particles, each day you have less remnant viral particles in your body.

  2. Daniel Korell on Thursday:

    The bottle may be a remnant, but it is certainly still present in many households, it is incomprehensible that you cannot secure the domain for at least one or two years. A .com domain really does not cost the world.

  3. Donald S. McAlvaney:

    In every declining civilization there is a small ‘remnant’ of people who adhere to the right against the wrong, who recognize the difference between good and evil and who will take an active stand for the former and against the latter; who can still think and discern and who will courageously take a stand against the political, social, moral, and spiritual rot or decay of their day.

  4. Martin Luther:

    At night always carry in your heart something from Holy Scriptures to bed with you, meditate upon it like a ruminant animal, and go softly to sleep; but this must not be too much, rather a little that may be well pondered and understood, that you may find a remnant of it in your mind when you rise in the morning.

  5. Donald Trump:

    I had a decision to make. Do we do a good job with Obamacare -- a remnant of Obamacare ? Or do we do a bad job ? If I do a bad job, well there you can blame Obama and the Democrats. If we do a good job, they'll get a little bit more credit, but it's still very faulty, it doesn't work and it's too expensive. And I told our great secretary( of Health and Human Services) Alex Azar,' Don't do a good job. Do a great job.'.

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    destroy completely
    • A. attend
    • B. demolish
    • C. doom
    • D. interrupt

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