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

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But there was news this week around the other terrible receiver picks in that draft, the remnants of a rash of bad decisions at the position arising from the lack of a consensus top pass catcher three years ago. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Browns’ receiver misery from 2016 NFL Draft has company," 3 Sep. 2019 In 1867, a British military officer named Charles Warren set out to find the remnants of David’s kingdom. Dan Baum, Harper's magazine, "Happiness Is a Worn Gun," 22 Aug. 2019 That’s the remnants of a front that moved through the Southeast this week and stalled over the Gulf. Leigh Morgan, al, "Hurricane forecasters keeping an eye on a disturbance near Florida," 16 Aug. 2019 He was subbed off two minutes later as Vancouver sat deep in defense to ride out the remnants of another FC Cincinnati disappointment. Pat Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "Vancouver Whitecaps steal a late win against FC Cincinnati," 4 Aug. 2019 The system retains some of its previous structure — remnants of its initial configuration. Quanta Magazine, "The Universal Law That Aims Time’s Arrow," 1 Aug. 2019 Jed York and Trent Baalke created a laughable situation, despite still having some remnants of a great team. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "49ers find themselves in an unfamiliar position this season," 25 July 2019 Apple is in advanced talks to buy the remnants of Intel’s 5G modem business for about $1 billion, The Wall Street Journal reports. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "The Man Who Wants To See Robots Everywhere—Data Sheet," 23 July 2019 From a compound, still choked with rubble from the battles here, special forces travel out to even more remote outposts to train local tribes to hunt down the remnants of ISIS. David Martin, CBS News, "Nearly 1,000 U.S. troops still in Syria months after last ISIS-held territory was liberated," 22 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 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

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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 How to pronounce remnant (audio) \

Kids Definition of remnant

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

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