Definition of "residual" []

  • Of, relating to, or characteristic of a residue. (adjective)
  • Remaining as a residue. (adjective)
  • The quantity left over at the end of a process; a remainder. (noun)
  • A payment made to a performer, writer, or director for each repeat showing of a recorded television show or commercial. Often used in the plural. (noun)
  • Of, relating to, or designating a residue or remainder; remaining; left over (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • (of deposits, soils, etc) formed by the weathering of pre-existing rocks and the removal of disintegrated material (adjective)
  • Of or relating to the payment of residuals (adjective)
  • Something left over as a residue; remainder (noun)
  • The difference between the mean of a set of observations and one particular observation (noun)
  • The difference between the numerical value of one particular observation and the theoretical result (noun)
  • Payment made to an actor, actress, musician, etc, for subsequent use of film in which the person appears (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "residual" in a sentence
  • "We all know by now the term residual income I hope?"
  • "So what's neat about that is what we call a residual haunting."
  • "This is what we call a residual income, which means you will get paid time and time again for work you do once."