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

Dawson was serving the remainder of a 20-year sentence after violating parole in 2012, according to court documents. Christopher Harress | Charress@al.com, al.com, "Alabama inmate with swastika tattoo escapes from Baldwin County work release," 11 July 2019 Rogers will miss the remainder of the 2019 season and most if not all of 2020. Nathan Ruiz, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles hold meeting to discuss base running: ‘We’ve done some things that were uncharacteristic’," 3 July 2019 Then Kyl was appointed to serve out the remainder of John McCain’s term, and work slowed. Casey Newton, The Verge, "A conservative audit of Facebook’s speech policies is running behind schedule," 3 July 2019 Joe Scheper served as interim head coach the remainder of the season as Butler finished 18-15 and lost to Southern in the first round of the Sixth Region Tournament. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "Butler baseball coach let go after players reportedly directed slurs at teammate," 12 June 2019 An offender can choose at any time to stop getting the medication and return to prison to serve the remainder of their term. The Washington Post, The Denver Post, "Alabama governor signs “chemical castration” bill for some sex offenders," 11 June 2019 Hernandez injured his left shoulder on May 3, 2017, then missed the remainder of that season and all of 2018 recovering from surgery. courant.com, "Hernandez drives in 2, Price solid, Red Sox split with Rays," 9 June 2019 Hernandez injured his left shoulder on May 3, 2017, then missed the remainder of that season and all of 2018 recovering from surgery. Ken Powtak, orlandosentinel.com, "Tampa Bay Rays split doubleheader in Boston," 8 June 2019 Smoke from the Swan Lake fire will continue to blanket Anchorage and the Kenai Peninsula for the remainder of the week and, likely, most of the weekend, according to the National Weather Service. Jeff Parrott, Anchorage Daily News, "Smoky conditions expected to continue through the weekend in Southcentral Alaska," 28 June 2019

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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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