remainder

1. noun
a) A part or parts remaining after some has/have been removed.

My son ate part of his cake and I ate the remainder.

b) The amount left over after subtracting the divisor as many times as possible from the dividend without producing a negative result. If (dividend) and d (divisor) are integers, then can always be expressed in the form n = dq + r, where q (quotient) and r (remainder) are also integers and 0 ≤ r < d.

You can have the remainder of my clothes.

3. verb
To mark or declare items left unsold as subject to reduction in price.

The bookstore remaindered the unsold copies of that book at the end of summer at a reduced price.


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  • remainder — remainder, residue, residuum, remains, leavings, rest, balance, remnant can all mean what is left after the subtraction or removal of a part. Remainder is the technical term for the result in the arithmetical process of subtraction {subtract 8… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Remainder — Re*main der (r? m?n d?r), n. [OF. remaindre, inf. See {Remain}.] 1. Anything that remains, or is left, after the separation and removal of a part; residue; remnant. The last remainders of unhappy Troy. Dryden. [1913 Webster] If these decoctions… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • remainder — [ri mān′dər] n. [ME remaindre < Anglo Fr substantive use of OFr inf.: see REMAIN] 1. those remaining 2. what is left when a part is taken away; the rest 3. a copy or number of copies of a book still held by a publisher when the sale has fallen …   English World dictionary

  • Remainder — Re*main der, a. Remaining; left; left over; refuse. [1913 Webster] Which is as dry as the remainder biscuit After a voyage. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • remainder — early 15c., from Anglo Fr. remainder (O.Fr. remaindre), variant of O.Fr. remanoir (see REMAIN (Cf. remain)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • remainder — /ri meində/, it. /re mɛinder/ s. ingl. (propr. resto ), usato in ital. al masch. (comm.) [libro rimasto invenduto, messo in vendita a prezzo ridotto] ▶◀ ⇑ giacenza, rimanenza …   Enciclopedia Italiana

  • remainder — /reˈmɛnder, ingl. rɪˈmeɪndə(r)/ [vc. ingl., propriamente «resto», dall ant. fr. remaindre «rimanere»] s. m. inv. (di libro) giacenza di magazzino, fondo di magazzino …   Sinonimi e Contrari. Terza edizione

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  • remainder — ► NOUN 1) a part, number, or quantity that is left over. 2) a part that is still to come. 3) the number which is left over in a division in which one quantity does not exactly divide another. 4) a copy of a book left unsold when demand has fallen …   English terms dictionary

  • Remainder — In arithmetic, when the result of the division of two integers cannot be expressed with an integer quotient, the remainder is the amount left over. The remainder for natural numbers If a and d are natural numbers, with d non zero, it can be… …   Wikipedia

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