remnant

noun
rem·nant | \ ˈrem-nənt \

Definition of remnant 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a usually small part, member, or trace remaining

b : a small surviving group often used in plural

2 : an unsold or unused end of piece goods

remnant

adjective

Definition of remnant (Entry 2 of 2)

: still remaining

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Examples of remnant in a Sentence

Noun

Remnants go on sale next week. sailed home with just a remnant of the colony's original population aboard

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The war has drawn in troops from America, France, Britain and Germany, and is attracting remnants of IS. The Economist, "The fight against Islamic State is moving to Africa," 14 July 2018 Traffic cameras show the smoldering remnants of an RV on the shoulder of the interstate. Michael Williams, OrlandoSentinel.com, "RV fire closes 2 lanes on northbound I-95 in Volusia County," 13 July 2018 Seven years on, Syrian, Russian and Iranian forces are fighting to put down the remnants of the Daraa uprising, and President Bashar al-Assad’s victory is all but assured. Louisa Loveluck, Washington Post, "Syrian army raises flag above city considered as birthplace of uprising against Assad," 12 July 2018 Firefighters in the San Diego County community of Alpine mopped up remnants of a fire that destroyed 34 houses and damaged 15 others. Colleen Slevin, Fox News, "Illegal fires ignite massive Colorado blazes, spur arrests," 10 July 2018 Firefighters in the San Diego County community of Alpine mopped up remnants of a fire that destroyed 34 houses and damaged 15 others. Colleen Slevin, The Seattle Times, "Illegal fires ignite massive Colorado blazes, spur arrests," 10 July 2018 Some people believe that artifacts and skeletons discovered in the late 1800s on the Canadian side of Lake Huron may have been the remnants of the Griffon and its crew. Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press, "8 undiscovered shipwrecks of the Great Lakes," 22 June 2018 There, in the building constructed out of restored remnants of a presidio that once protected a nearby mission, the couple was presented with a tricentennial plaque. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "The King and Queen of Spain’s Whirlwind U.S. Tour Included These Southern Cities," 18 June 2018 Two days later, McNamara visited the spot where the body was found and picked up the remnants of the victim’s broken Walkman, holding them in her hands. Megan Abbott, latimes.com, "Why do we — women in particular — love true crime books?," 14 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The first named storm of the Pacific season, Tropical Storm Aletta, weakened on Monday into remnant low-pressure system in the Pacific, far from the Mexican coast. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Hurricane Bud now a Category 3 storm, forecast to weaken before hitting Mexico's Baja," 13 June 2018 Confidence: Medium Tonight: Skies should partially clear but, with all the remnant moisture from the recent damp weather, areas of fog are possible. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: A soggy Monday, but then slowly trending drier and pretty nice," 11 June 2018 Cannon later climbed up to the place where the accident occurred to help Prince, who, like himself, was traumatized, and saw rope abrasions on the rock, but could not find any remnant equipment that would indicate a safety-system failure. Peter Fimrite, The Seattle Times, "Witness describes death plunge of two Yosemite climbers," 11 June 2018 Cannon later climbed up to the place where the accident occurred to help Prince, who, like himself, was traumatized, and saw rope abrasions on the rock, but could not find any remnant equipment that would indicate a safety system failure. Peter Fimrite, San Francisco Chronicle, "Witness to death plunge of 2 climbers on El Capitan describes horrific final moments," 10 June 2018 As a remnant low-pressure center from Subtropical Storm Alberto tracked through northwest Indiana into southwest Michigan on Wednesday, bands of thunderstorms dumped rain over Chicago's western suburbs. Tom Skilling, chicagotribune.com, "Alberto helps Chicago break May rainfall record," 30 May 2018 Confidence: Medium The remnant low-pressure center from Alberto should still be well to our west by Wednesday. Brian Jackson, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Another round of storms likely this afternoon into evening," 27 May 2018 Previously, Vevo’s own sales force had first dibs on the videos, relegating Google to automated, remnant ad sales. Peter Kafka, Recode, "YouTube is using a new deal with Vevo, the music labels’ video venture, to boost ad sales," 7 May 2018 The low pressure system responsible for the rain will move off to the east Friday with some remnant clouds and scattered light showers clearing out by midmorning. Tom Skilling, chicagotribune.com, "Fair skies, warm temperatures return to Chicago as rain moves to east," 4 May 2018

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First Known Use of remnant

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

1550, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for remnant

Noun

Middle English, contraction of remenant, from Anglo-French remanant, from present participle of remaindre to remain — more at remain

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remnant

noun

English Language Learners Definition of remnant

: the part of something that is left when the other parts are gone

: a small piece of cloth that is left after the rest of the cloth has been sold

remnant

noun
rem·nant | \ ˈrem-nənt \

Kids Definition of remnant

: something that remains or is left over a remnant of cloth

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