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 wind was gusting at over 62 mph (100 kph) by late afternoon. ___ 6:10 p.m. Dorian has lashed the eastern tip of Maine with heavy rain, strong winds and high surf as the storm’s remnants passed offshore. Washington Post, "The Latest: Widespread blackouts as Dorian continues march," 10 Sep. 2019 Researchers began studying the biodiversity of Loch Ness in June 2018 by extracting and sequencing remnants of DNA left behind by animals, called environmental or eDNA, from 250 samples of its water from various locations and depths. USA TODAY, "Loch Ness monster might actually just be a giant eel, scientists say," 5 Sep. 2019 A thousand pieces of pin-dot sized remnants of toothpaste tubes, dishwasher detergent bottles, sandwich bags, yoga pant fibers, iPhone cases, coffee cup lids … a thousand pieces that could have come from one bag of my own trash alone. Shailene Woodley, Time, "Shailene Woodley: How I'm Changing My Life to Help Save the Seas," 4 Sep. 2019 The iron ballast used to counter-balance human weight aboard the ship, remnants of shackles and a wooden pulley humanize the lives onboard. Chris Searles, National Geographic, "Most slave shipwrecks have been overlooked—until now," 23 Aug. 2019 But as fall camp comes to a close, there’s no remnants of those injuries now. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "U of L running backs Dae Williams, Aidan Robbins are finally healthy, ready to contribute," 19 Aug. 2019 The seven surgical holes and 11 surgical screws in his shoulder are merely curiosities — remnants of Dr. James Andrews’ procedure that fixed his throwing arm after the hit from fellow San Diegan John Lynch Jr. in the 2005 finale. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Rivers, Brees get in their hits during interviews," 15 Aug. 2019 The question the researchers asked was: if a tree in such a network were reduced to a stump, would that remnant quickly be cut loose as useless and left to fend for itself? The Economist, "Tree stumps can live on indefinitely...," 25 July 2019 These are no sons and daughters of Andrew Jackson, no fiercely independent remnants of the old America clinging to their homes and their traditional ways. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "The White Ghetto," 23 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

While it was believed to have gone extinct by 1940, a small remnant population of the plant held on. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Once Thought to Be Extinct, This Lucky Clover Has Recovered Enough to Come Off the Endangered List," 16 Sep. 2019 Boshart has recently been leading strolls through the rat’s remnant kingdom of buckwheat, yuccas, sage and soft, loose sand on the northern edge of Rialto in San Bernardino County, to win more support for her cause. Los Angeles Times, "This rat is foiling developers’ plans to capitalize on a weaker Endangered Species Act," 22 Aug. 2019 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

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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 entry 1

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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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