Residue definition

rĕzĭ-do͝o, -dyo͝o
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The remainder of something after removal of parts or a part.
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(chem.) The matter remaining at the end of a process, as after evaporation, combustion, or filtration; residual product.
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That which is left over after part is taken away; remainder; rest.
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(law) That part of a testator's estate which is left after all claims, charges, and bequests have been satisfied.
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Residue is a small amount of something that is left behind.

When you peel off a tag but there is some sticky stuff left, the sticky stuff is an example of residue.

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Matter remaining after completion of an abstractive chemical or physical process, such as evaporation, combustion, distillation, or filtration; residuum.
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The part of a monomer or other chemical unit that has been incorporated into a polymer or large molecule.
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(law) Whatever property or effects are left in an estate after payment of all debts, other charges and deduction of what is specifically bequeathed by the testator.
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(mathematics) A form of complex number.
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(law) The remainder of a testator's estate after all specific bequests and applicable debts and expenses have been disposed of.
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Whatever remains after something else has been removed.
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(chemistry) The substance that remains after evaporation, distillation, filtration or any similar process.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
residue
Plural:
residues

Origin of residue

  • Middle English from Old French residu from Latin residuum neuter of residuus remaining from residēre to remain behind reside

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English, from Old French residu, from Latin residuum, neuter of residuus (“remaining"), from resideō (“I remain behind").

    From Wiktionary