Residue Res"i*due (r?z"?-d?), n. [F. r['e]sidu, L. residuum, fr. residuus that is left behind, remaining, fr. residere to remain behind. See {Reside}, and cf. {Residuum}.] 1. That which remains after a part is taken, separated, removed, or designated; remnant; remainder. [1913 Webster]

The residue of them will I deliver to the sword. --Jer. xv. 9. [1913 Webster]

If church power had then prevailed over its victims, not a residue of English liberty would have been saved. --I. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

2. (Law) That part of a testeator's estate wwhich is not disposed of in his will by particular and special legacies and devises, and which remains after payment of debts and legacies. [1913 Webster]

3. (Chem.) That which remains of a molecule after the removal of a portion of its constituents; hence, an atom or group regarded as a portion of a molecule; a {moiety} or {group}; -- used as nearly equivalent to {radical}, but in a more general sense. [1913 Webster +PJC]

Note: The term radical is sometimes restricted to groups containing carbon, the term residue and {moiety} being applied to the others. [1913 Webster]

4. (Theory of Numbers) Any positive or negative number that differs from a given number by a multiple of a given modulus; thus, if 7 is the modulus, and 9 the given number, the numbers -5, 2, 16, 23, etc., are residues. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Rest; remainder; remnant; balance; residuum; remains; leavings; relics. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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