remainder

noun
re·​main·​der | \ ri-ˈmān-dər \

Definition of remainder

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : an interest or estate in property that follows and is dependent on the termination of a prior intervening possessory estate created at the same time by the same instrument
2a : a remaining group, part, or trace
b(1) : the number left after a subtraction
(2) : the final undivided part after division that is less or of lower degree than the divisor
3 : a book sold at a reduced price by the publisher after sales have slowed

remainder

adjective

Definition of remainder (Entry 2 of 3)

remainder

verb
remaindered; remaindering\ ri-​ˈmān-​d(ə-​)riŋ \

Definition of remainder (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

: to dispose of as remainders

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Examples of remainder in a Sentence

Noun

2 subtracted from 5 gives a remainder of 3. 5 goes into 29 five times with a remainder of 4.

Verb

The book did not sell well and ended up being remaindered.
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And stock declines in January typically don’t bode well for financial markets the remainder of the year. Jessica Menton, WSJ, "Signs Point to Strong January for Stocks," 7 Jan. 2019 From there, the teacher may ask you to set an intention for the class, which essentially means selecting a specific word or quality to focus on for the remainder of class, like openness or healing. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "New to Yoga? 12 Things to Know Before Taking Your First Class," 4 Jan. 2019 Spotify represents nearly one-fifth of all listens, and smaller platforms make up the remainder. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "NPR wants to know what podcast ads you skip," 27 Dec. 2018 The Northern Hemisphere gets more direct sunlight in the months of March to September; the Southern Hemisphere gets more direct sunlight for the remainder of the year. Brian Resnick, Vox, "The winter solstice is incredibly beautiful in America’s northernmost city," 20 Dec. 2018 More technology enters the fray, as curds enter stainless-steel block forms placed in pneumatic presses where Beecher’s squeezes the remainder of the whey out while matting curds together. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "Connected to the Craft," 3 Dec. 2018 The publisher is trying to sell the remainder of the company to Bustle Digital Group. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg asked for George Soros research," 30 Nov. 2018 The letters adorning each icon have been reduced in size, with the remainder of the space used to show a highly stylized representation of the application. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Microsoft Office has pretty new icons but they have a fatal flaw," 30 Nov. 2018 Along with his appeals for a new trial, Labrie is asking that a judge to suspend the remainder of his one-year jail sentence. Michael Casey, The Seattle Times, "Prep school grad in sex assault case asks for new trial," 28 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of remainder

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1567, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1904, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for remainder

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from remaindre, verb

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remainder

noun

English Language Learners Definition of remainder

 (Entry 1 of 2)

the remainder : the part that is left when the other people or things are gone, used, etc.

mathematics : the number that is left when one number is subtracted from another number

: the number that is left over when one number does not divide evenly into another number

remainder

verb

English Language Learners Definition of remainder (Entry 2 of 2)

: to sell (a book) at a reduced price because not many copies are being sold and no more copies will be produced

remainder

noun
re·​main·​der | \ ri-ˈmān-dər \

Kids Definition of remainder

1 : a group or part that is left She took the remainder of the cake.
2 : the number left after a subtraction 5 minus 3 leaves a remainder of 2.
3 : the number left over from the dividend after division that is less than the divisor 10 divided by 3 leaves 3 with a remainder of 1.

remainder

noun
re·​main·​der

Legal Definition of remainder

1 : an estate in property in favor of one other than the grantor that follows upon the natural termination of a prior intervening possessory estate (as a life estate) created at the same time and by the same instrument — compare future interest at interest sense 1, reversion
charitable remainder
: a remainder in favor of a charity
contingent remainder
: a remainder that is to take effect in favor of an unidentifiable person (as one not yet born) or upon the occurrence of an uncertain event

called also executory remainder

cross remainder
: either of two or more remainders in favor of two or more persons so that upon the termination of one remainder that share goes to the other or others
executory remainder
: contingent remainder in this entry
remainder vested subject to open
: a vested remainder that is subject to diminution by the shares of other remaindermen (as children born later)
vested remainder
: a remainder in the favor of an ascertained person who has a present interest and is entitled to take possession upon the termination of the prior estate
2 : that which remains or is left specifically : the property in a decedent's estate that is not otherwise devised or bequeathed I leave the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate to my son Michael

History and Etymology for remainder

Anglo-French, from Old French remaindre to remain

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