remainder

noun
re·​main·​der | \ ri-ˈmān-dər How to pronounce remainder (audio) \

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 How to pronounce remaindering (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Ohio law says council president pro tempore, the village vice mayor, will serve the remainder of the term if the mayor resigns. Jennie Key, Cincinnati.com, "Cleves mayor steps down, vice mayor takes over," 11 May 2018 Charlie Crist obliged, picking Kelly to serve the remainder of Watkins’ term. Jerry Fallstrom, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Lake County Clerk of Courts Neil Kelly retiring — second-in-command to seek post," 2 May 2018 With that comes advice from her doctor to avoid long road trips throughout the remainder of her pregnancy, which means Kate can’t make those long drives to her various singing gigs anymore. Candice Frederick, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Is Us Just Dropped Two Massive Bombshells," 28 Nov. 2018 The move comes in the wake of Caleb Smith suffering a grade 3 lat strain in his left shoulder that will likely sideline him for the remainder of the season, and Jose Urena going on the disabled list with a right shoulder impingement. Andre C. Fernandez, miamiherald, "Marlins bringing up club's top pitching prospect Sandy Alcantara to make his debut," 27 June 2018 While the dam is repaired, the lake will likely remain drawn down and closed to the public — throughout the remainder of 2018. Jordyn Noennig, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "School Section Lake in Ottawa is closed after muskrats do damage to dam," 16 Apr. 2018 Wondering what Greater Cleveland fish fry events will be happening this Friday and throughout the remainder of Lent? cleveland.com, "Cleveland Fish Fry Guide 2018: Check out these local fish frys for the fourth Friday of Lent," 9 Mar. 2018 As for the remainder of the murder montages, there haven't been many details released yet. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "Hallmark Just Announced a New Mystery Movie Series Starring Lacey Chabert," 10 Mar. 2019 Los Angeles Angels pitcher Garrett Richards has elected to undergo Tommy John surgery for his damaged ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and will miss the remainder of the season . . . BostonGlobe.com, "US Olympic Committee tabs Sarah Hirshland as its CEO," 13 July 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 part that is left when the other people or things are gone, used, etc.
: 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 How to pronounce remainder (audio) \

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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