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residue

noun res·i·due \ˈre-zə-ˌdü, -ˌdyü\

: a usually small amount of something that remains after a process has been completed or a thing has been removed

: the amount of something valuable (such as an estate) that is left after all debts have been paid

Full Definition of RESIDUE

:  something that remains after a part is taken, separated, or designated or after the completion of a process :  remnant, remainder: as
a :  the part of a testator's estate remaining after the satisfaction of all debts, charges, allowances, and previous devises and bequests
b :  the remainder after subtracting a multiple of a modulus from an integer or a power of the integer that can appear as the second of the two terms in an appropriate congruence <2 and 7 are residues of 12 modulo 5>
c :  a constituent structural unit (as a group or monomer) of a usually complex molecule <amino acid residues from hydrolysis of protein>

Examples of RESIDUE

  1. The grill was covered in a greasy residue from the hamburgers.
  2. The divorce left a residue of pain in the family.
  3. There was some kind of sticky residue on the floor.
  4. She left the residue of her estate to her daughter.

Origin of RESIDUE

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin residuum, from neuter of residuus left over, from residēre to remain
First Known Use: 14th century
RESIDUE Defined for Kids

residue

noun res·i·due \ˈre-zə-ˌdü, -ˌdyü\

Definition of RESIDUE for Kids

:  whatever remains after a part is taken, set apart, or lost
Medical Dictionary

residue

noun res·i·due \ˈrez-ə-ˌd(y)ü\

Medical Definition of RESIDUE

:  something that remains after a part is taken, separated, or designated; specifically :  a constituent structural unit (as a group or monomer) of a usually complex molecule <amino acid residues in a protein>

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