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Definition of "remainder" []

  • Something left over after other parts have been taken away. (noun)
  • Mathematics The number left over when one integer is divided by another: The remainder plus the product of the quotient times the divisor equals the dividend. (noun)
  • Mathematics The number obtained when one number is subtracted from another; the difference. (noun)
  • Law An estate in land that is conveyed only after the termination of a preceding estate created at the same time. (noun)
  • A book that remains with a publisher after sales have fallen off, usually sold at a reduced price. (noun)

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.

Use "remainder" in a sentence
  • "Losing, say, 6.5% of your contributions outright but earning 7% on the remainder is the same as earning 0% on the whole lot."
  • "You will see that the first 300 kilowatt hours or so are charged at more economical rates, closer to 5 US cents per KW hour, but that the remainder is at this very high rate."
  • "The remainder is taken by the university to cover operating budgets and administrative costs."