residual

noun
re·​sid·​u·​al | \ ri-ˈzi-jə-wəl How to pronounce residual (audio) , -jəl; -ˈzij-wəl \

Definition of residual

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : remainder, residuum: such as
a : the difference between results obtained by observation and by computation from a formula or between the mean of several observations and any one of them
b : a residual product or substance
c : an internal aftereffect of experience or activity that influences later behavior especially : a disability remaining from a disease or operation
2 : a payment (as to an actor or writer) for each rerun after an initial showing (as of a TV show)

residual

adjective

Definition of residual (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or constituting a residue
2 : leaving a residue that remains effective for some time a residual pesticide

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Other Words from residual

Adjective

residually adverb

Examples of residual in a Sentence

Adjective She's still dealing with the residual effects of the accident.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The absence of streaming residuals in the musicians’ contract is an artifact of history. Los Angeles Times, "Column: How the rise of streaming could turn Hollywood musicians into an endangered species," 26 Sep. 2019 Certainly not anyone who doesn’t already have a bunch of savings or residuals coming in from things that were made five or 10 years ago. Jonathan Handel, The Hollywood Reporter, "Writers Guild Challenger Phyllis Nagy to Agencies: "We're Not the Enemy" (Q&A)," 14 Sep. 2019 The city received a permit from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency in 2015 to begin pumping the lime residual into the LaFarge mines. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora says new lime disposal deal would save city millions of dollars," 6 June 2019 Coal ash, or coal combustion residuals (CCR), is the solid material left after burning coal. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al.com, "Alabama Power sticks to plan to cover coal ash ponds, despite concerns," 12 July 2019 The series still makes a billion dollars a year in syndication, earning the six lead actors twenty million dollars annually in residuals. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, "The Revealing Reasons That People Visit the “Friends” Building," 10 July 2019 Aurora officials are pursuing a new lease with LaFarge Aggregates Limestone Mine for disposal of limestone residual from the Water Treatment Plant. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora says new lime disposal deal would save city millions of dollars," 6 June 2019 The city began the land application in 2012, but as far back as 2006 began looking at disposing of the lime residual in the mines. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora says new lime disposal deal would save city millions of dollars," 6 June 2019 And last month the Congressional Budget Office reported that even if the current surge in economic growth isn’t sustained, the revenue residual from our current strong growth rate will pay for some 80% of the projected cost of the 2017 tax reform. Phil Gramm And, WSJ, "Tax Reform Unleashed the U.S. Economy," 4 Mar. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective These products provide about 80% control of SWD but have no residual activity. oregonlive, "Ask an expert: Networking can help novice beekeeper attract insects to coastal garden," 11 Jan. 2020 Sideris said a baby might not pass the initial hearing screening for many reasons, including residual fluid or debris in the ears. Rachel Bluth, chicagotribune.com, "For newborns with hearing loss, screening opens window to a world of sound," 26 Nov. 2019 Officials are investigating the explosion and monitoring for any residual effects. Elisha Fieldstadt, NBC News, "Beechcraft manufacturing plant explodes in Wichita, Kansas, injuring 15," 27 Dec. 2019 No one could blame him if there was residual caution after a spate of core injuries derailed his 2018-19 season. Mike Singer, The Denver Post, "Nuggets Journal: Denver needs old Gary Harris for offense to get right," 13 Dec. 2019 But without such treatment to the water, customers could be exposed to harmful bacteria and whatever residual effects of the coal slurry are still present in the waterway. April Johnston, Cincinnati.com, "‘That's vinegar’: The Ohio River’s history of contamination and progress made," 26 Dec. 2019 Leasing companies are usually good at predicting residual value. Washington Post, "Edmunds: What are your options at the end of a car lease?," 25 Dec. 2019 Leverage the equity Leasing companies are usually good at predicting residual value. CBS News, "Car lease ending? You have options — and could even make money," 25 Dec. 2019 This retinol alternative activates the same receptors in your skin, without the residual redness or irritation, according to Melanie Palm, M.D., a San Diego dermatologist and dermatologic cosmetic surgeon. Erika Stalder, Glamour, "9 Ingredients to Avoid If You Have Sensitive Skin," 24 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of residual

Noun

1557, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for residual

Noun

Latin residuum residue

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The first known use of residual was in 1557

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“Residual.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/residual. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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residual

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of residual

formal : remaining after a process has been completed or something has been removed

residual

adjective
re·​sid·​u·​al | \ ri-ˈzij-(ə-)wəl, -ˈzij-əl How to pronounce residual (audio) \

Medical Definition of residual

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or being something that remains: as
a : remaining after a disease or operation residual paralysis
b : remaining in a body cavity after maximum normal expulsion has occurred residual urine — see residual volume
2a : leaving a residue that remains effective for some time after application residual insecticides
b : of or relating to a residual insecticide a residual spray

residual

noun

Medical Definition of residual (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an internal aftereffect of experience or activity that influences later behavior
2 : a residual abnormality (as a scar or limp)

residual

adjective
re·​sid·​u·​al | \ ri-ˈzi-jə-wəl \

Legal Definition of residual

: of, relating to, or constituting a residue : residuary

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