remnant

noun
rem·​nant | \ ˈrem-nənt How to pronounce remnant (audio) \

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 way people still find odd remnants and assume they’re pieces of shrapnel. Leah Sottile, Longreads, "Chapter One: A Quiet Man," 15 July 2019 Hifter's forces include the remnants of Gadhafi's army as well as tribal fighters and ultra-conservative Islamists known as Salafists. NBC News, "Airstrike hits migrant detention center in Libya, 40 killed," 3 July 2019 Two major fireworks firms have donated a pyrotechnic show valued at $750,000, for example, but the Park Service will have to pay employees overtime to clean up the remnants of that display. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump asks for military tanks on the Mall as part of grandiose July Fourth event," 1 July 2019 Two major fireworks firms have donated a pyrotechnic show valued at $750,000, for example, but the Park Service will have to pay employees overtime to clean up the remnants of that display. Josh Dawsey, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump asks for military tanks on the Mall as part of grandiose July Fourth event," 1 July 2019 Presidio Park contains remnants of the Spanish presidio from 1769. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Old Town: From the presidio to the par 3, mark where California began," 30 June 2019 Buigas said the 1,692-square-foot museum, was born from the remnants of the nearly 25-year-old Lake Eustis Museum of Art, which closed in April amid mounting financial trouble including the stinging loss of a critical state cultural affairs grant. Rosemarie Dowell, orlandosentinel.com, "Newly christened Lake County Museum of Art set to open: ‘We are beyond ecstatic’," 24 June 2019 On the ground, the rephotographers — mostly students now — often see remnants of the original surveys, including fabric from century-old flags. Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, "Repeat Photography Reveals How Glaciers Change Over Time," 17 June 2019 There’s a strong correlation between El Ninos and an active Eastern Pacific Ocean hurricane season, and the Front Range can sometimes receive glancing bits of tropical moisture from the remnants of those storms. Chris Bianchi, The Denver Post, "Colorado weather: Does a wet spring mean a wet summer for the Front Range?," 8 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Around Lake Erie, only remnant populations of sturgeon spawn in the Niagara River and Detroit River watersheds. D'arcy Egan, cleveland.com, "Mighty sturgeon spawning in cleaner Cuyahoga River? Sewer district studies the possibility," 8 July 2019 As for floods, record-breaking rainfall in Oklahoma and Kansas resulted in historic flooding throughout the Arkansas River Basin, along with remnant flooding in the Missouri and Mississippi River basins. USA Today, "Before-and-after satellite images show tornado and flood damage in central US," 6 June 2019 Proof of the mitochondrion’s origins survives in the remnant genome that mitochondria still carry — a small ring of DNA very much like that in bacteria. Quanta Magazine, "Genetic Struggles Within Cells May Create New Species," 27 Sep. 2017 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," 2 Oct. 2018 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," 2 Oct. 2018 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," 2 Oct. 2018 In any case, these remnant references offer an enticing hint behind the scenes into Sony's decision-making process and a glimpse of what could have been for the flawed retro plug-and-play box. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Dozens of hidden game names found in PlayStation Classic source files," 5 Dec. 2018 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," 2 Oct. 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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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 How to pronounce remnant (audio) \

Kids Definition of remnant

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

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