residue

noun
res·​i·​due | \ ˈre-zə-ˌdü How to pronounce residue (audio) , -ˌdyü \

Definition of residue

: something that remains after a part is taken, separated, or designated or after the completion of a process : remnant, remainder: such as
a : the part of a testator's estate remaining after the satisfaction of all debts, charges, allowances, and previous devises and bequests
b : the remainder after subtracting a multiple of a modulus from an integer or a power of the integer that can appear as the second of the two terms in an appropriate congruence 2 and 7 are residues of 12 modulo 5
c : a constituent structural unit (such as a group or monomer) of a usually complex molecule amino acid residues from hydrolysis of protein

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Examples of residue in a Sentence

The grill was covered in a greasy residue from the hamburgers. The divorce left a residue of pain in the family. There was some kind of sticky residue on the floor. She left the residue of her estate to her daughter.
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Recent Examples on the Web Unlike other dry shampoos, this one doesn't leave behind any residue because of the mix of oil absorbers, solvents, and conditioning ingredients in the formula. Erica Metzger, Better Homes & Gardens, 9 Sep. 2021 That test revealed traces of gunshot residue from Thomas’s left hand, police said at the time, even though no weapon was found at the scene. Washington Post, 18 Aug. 2021 That test revealed traces of gunshot residue from Thomas’ left hand, police said at the time, even though no weapon was found at the scene. Justin Fenton, baltimoresun.com, 11 Aug. 2021 There was no blood on his shoes, and testing on his jacket revealed one particle of gunshot residue on the right cuff. Dallas News, 4 Aug. 2021 To say that much of this, much of the residue of the larger project, was already apparent from the Whedon version is to drastically understate the case. K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone, 15 Mar. 2021 Kingston Steel Drum cleaned industrial drums of residue ranging from baby shampoo and peanut butter to insecticide and motor oil. Cate Mcquaid, BostonGlobe.com, 4 Feb. 2021 The easiest way to get rid of yucky residue is to use a toilet cleaner made specifically for hard water stain removal, like Scrubbing Bubbles Power Stain Destroyer. Jamie Kim, Good Housekeeping, 18 Jan. 2021 This residue can damage certain vegetable, fruit and flower crops. oregonlive, 15 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of residue

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for residue

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin residuum, from neuter of residuus left over, from residēre to remain

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“Residue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/residue. Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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residue

noun

English Language Learners Definition of residue

: a usually small amount of something that remains after a process has been completed or a thing has been removed
: the amount of something valuable (such as an estate) that is left after all debts have been paid

residue

noun
res·​i·​due | \ ˈre-zə-ˌdü How to pronounce residue (audio) , -ˌdyü \

Kids Definition of residue

: whatever remains after a part is taken, set apart, or lost

residue

noun
res·​i·​due | \ ˈrez-ə-ˌd(y)ü How to pronounce residue (audio) \

Medical Definition of residue

: something that remains after a part is taken, separated, or designated specifically : a constituent structural unit (as a group or monomer) of a usually complex molecule amino acid residues in a protein

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residue

noun
res·​i·​due | \ ˈre-zə-ˌdü, -ˌdyü How to pronounce residue (audio) \

Legal Definition of residue

: something that remains after a part is taken, separated, or designated specifically : the part of a testator's estate remaining after the satisfaction of all debts, charges, taxes, and legacies other than residuary legacies

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