Definition of remains in English:


Line breaks: re¦mains
Pronunciation: /rɪˈmeɪnz


  • 1The parts left over after other parts have been removed, used, or destroyed: the remains of a sandwich lunch were on the table
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    • The point is that the industrial remains should be removed, the dunes rehabilitated and the rocks carted away so as to create more space for the public to enjoy.
    • Lou, behind us, they have floodlit the almost destroyed remains of the front of the U.N. headquarters.
    • A young, female arm slipped round from behind him and removed the dissected remains of what was some kind of fish dish.
    remainder, residue, remaining part/number/quantity, part/number/quantity (that is) left over, rest, remnant, remnants; leftovers, leavings, scraps, debris, detritus
    technical residuum
  • 1.1Historical or archaeological relics: Roman remains
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    • The discovery emphasises the risk to archaeological remains in ploughsoil.
    • What is less obvious is the effect that coastal processes have on archaeological remains.
    • Archaeological remains have been found of altars, Harappan script and crafts.
  • 1.2A person’s body after death: he left instructions regarding the disposal of his remains
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    • But we seem to ignore their death and disrespect their remains.
    • There's a very slim chance they could determine cause of death from these remains.
    • The site was originally designed to hold Emperor Hadrian's remains following his death in AD 138.
    corpse, dead body, body, cadaver, carcass; body parts, bones, skeleton


late Middle English (occasionally treated as singular): from Old French remain, from remaindre, from an informal form of Latin remanere (see remain).

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