residual

1 of 2

noun

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

2 of 2

adjective

1
: of, relating to, or constituting a residue
2
: leaving a residue that remains effective for some time
a residual pesticide
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
Profits from royalties and residuals have dried up across the TV and movie industry since the proliferation of streaming, as fewer people watch shows on traditional networks and purchases of DVDs, Blu-rays, and CDs plummet. Byryan Hogg, Fortune Europe, 13 Feb. 2024 That still leaves the residual of approvals squeezing our resources. Aegis Reader Commentary, Baltimore Sun, 12 Jan. 2024 One of the most contentious issues of SAG-AFTRA’s negotiations with the studios was the union’s attempt to win a percentage – 1 or 2% — of streaming revenue, to replace lost residuals. Jake Coyle, Fortune, 10 Nov. 2023 So thank you writer’s guild, the residuals are still coming in. Brayden Garcia, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 2 Feb. 2024 His father is a lifelong member of the AFM who went on strike in the early 1980s in pursuit of higher wages and TV residuals. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, 31 Jan. 2024 Top priorities for the musicians’ union in this round of talks include instituting AI protections, amplifying wages and greater streaming residuals. Katie Kilkenny, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 Jan. 2024 The deal also enhanced the residuals actors earn when their work appears on streaming services and included protections against the use of artificial intelligence. Jordan Moreau, Variety, 10 Jan. 2024 In October, contract talks broke down over residuals—another point of contention in the streaming era—and the studios publicly released their latest contract offer. Bypaolo Confino, Fortune, 7 Nov. 2023
Adjective
This net zero refers to the situation of equilibrium, where residual CO2 emissions are balanced by an equal amount of CO2 removal, achieved through either natural or man-made methods. Simi Thambi​, Forbes, 16 Feb. 2024 But a winemaker producing Port can stop this process early by adding grape spirit, which kills the remaining yeast and leaves residual sugar behind. Nicole Kliest, Vogue, 13 Feb. 2024 Is there some sort of residual benefit, easing acclimatization as the season continues? Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Feb. 2024 Over 100 firefighters from 17 local departments responded and battled the flames throughout the night, as residual embers led to two additional outbreaks. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 29 Nov. 2023 The agency is also collecting 2,500 soil samples across the area to check for any residual pockets of contamination. Brenda Goodman, CNN, 3 Feb. 2024 Among the highest priorities for the AFM is to set up a residual payment system for musicians who record scores for streaming projects. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, 31 Jan. 2024 Stir in harissa and cinnamon, and add back in the chicken and any residual juices. Emily Weinstein, Charlotte Observer, 30 Jan. 2024 While two trains were delayed as a result of the investigation in the early morning train service, no residual delays existed as of 9 a.m. Austin Turner, The Mercury News, 29 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Latin residuum residue

First Known Use

Noun

1557, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of residual was in 1557

Dictionary Entries Near residual

Cite this Entry

“Residual.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/residual. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

residual

1 of 2 adjective
re·​sid·​u·​al ri-ˈzij-(ə-)wəl How to pronounce residual (audio)
-ˈzij-əl
1
: of, relating to, or being a residue
2
: leaving a residue that is effective for some time afterward
residually
adverb

residual

2 of 2 noun
: a residual product, substance, or result

Medical Definition

residual

1 of 2 adjective
re·​sid·​u·​al ri-ˈzij-(ə-)wəl, -ˈzij-əl How to pronounce residual (audio)
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
2
a
: 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

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

Legal Definition

residual

adjective
re·​sid·​u·​al
ri-ˈzi-jə-wəl
: of, relating to, or constituting a residue : residuary

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