What does residual mean?

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rɪˈzɪdʒ u əlresid·u·al

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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. residualadjective

    (often plural) a payment that is made to a performer or writer or director of a television show or commercial that is paid for every repeat showing

    "he could retire on his residuals"

  3. residual, residuaryadjective

    relating to or indicating a remainder

    "residual quantity"


  1. residualnoun

    A remainder left over at the end of some process.

  2. residualnoun

    Payments made to performers, writers and directors when a recorded broadcast is repeated.

  3. residualadjective

    Of, relating to, or remaining as a residue; left over.

  4. Etymology: Recorded since 1570. From residue, itself from residu (=modern), from residuum "a remainder", the neutral inflection of residuus "remaining, left over", the past participle of residere "remain behind" (from re- 'back, again' + sedere to sit, reside').

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Residual, Residuaryadjective

    Relating to the residue; relating to the part remaining.

    Etymology: from residuum, Lat.

    ’Tis enough to lose the legacy, or the residuary advantage of the estate left him by the deceased. John Ayliffe.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Residualadjective

    pertaining to a residue; remaining after a part is taken

  2. Residualnoun

    the difference of the results obtained by observation, and by computation from a formula

  3. Residualnoun

    the difference between the mean of several observations and any one of them

  4. Etymology: [See Residue.]


  1. Residual

    A residual is a payment made to the creator of performance art for subsequent showings or screenings of the work. A typical use is in the payment of residuals for television reruns. The word is often used in the plural form.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of residual in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of residual in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of residual in a Sentence

  1. Philip Holloway:

    Sometimes people have residual doubt in the back of their minds about whether or not death is the right sentence.

  2. Kenneth McKenzie:

    There's still a residual element of the Syrian program that's out there, i'm not going to say that they're going to be unable to continue to conduct a chemical attack in the future. I suspect, however, they'll think long and hard about it.

  3. Imperial Beach:

    The stench was crazy, just terrible, we’re just going into our round-robin of endless openings and closures because of the residual sewage in the river.

  4. General John Campbell:

    These are certainly not residual threats that would allow for a peaceful transition across Afghanistan, ultimately the threats Afghanistan faces require our sustained attention and forward presence.

  5. Ryan Sweet:

    I would not lose sleep over first-quarter GDP, there is the residual seasonality issue, overall the economy is doing very well and will continue to do well this year and into 2019.

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