Definition of residue in English:


Line breaks: resi|due
Pronunciation: /ˈrɛzɪdjuː


  • 1A small amount of something that remains after the main part has gone or been taken or used: the fine residue left after the sorting of tea figurative the residue of the country’s colonial past
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    • Even when canned vegetables are rinsed small amounts of the residue remain.
    • As a result, it is almost impossible to know the amount of pesticide residues on supermarket produce.
    • Runoff and erosion decrease as the amount of residue remaining on the surface increases.
  • 1.1A substance that remains after a process such as combustion or evaporation: the ash was a residue from coal-fired power stations
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    • When heated this produces methane gas and a solid residue of sodium carbonate.
    • Oxidation of amino acid residues in proteins is known to alter their functional properties.
    • Steam distillation or chromatography of wood and wood residues can release terpenes.
  • 1.2 Law The part of an estate that is left after the payment of charges, debts, and bequests: the residue of the estate was divided equally among the cousins
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    • By her will the deceased left you the residue of her estate.
    • Thus, there was an intestacy with respect to the residue of the Estate.
    • One assumes it was intended to fall into the residue of the Estate, but this is simply another drafting problem with these two clauses in the Will.


late Middle English: from Old French residu, from Latin residuum 'something remaining' (see residuum).

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