Generally, remnants will be qualified as in "remnants of the defeated army..." When unqualified, as in "Do you have remnants at a lower cost?", the speaker is generally talking about portions of cloth or carpet.
They are working to eliminate remnants of al-Qaeda in that area.
remnants of the ancient civilization
She saves money by purchasing remnants to make most of her clothes.
He pulled the torn remnants of his windbreaker, pieces really, around his shoulders and tried to hold what heat his body could find.
Gary Paulsen -- Hatchet
There was still a remnant of sunset light in the sky,
Ayn Rand -- Atlas Shrugged
At first much of their time was spent in seeking out the remnants of the White Witch’s army and destroying them,
C.S. Lewis -- The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
They had devoured, in spite of all my efforts to prevent them, all but a small remnant of the contents of the dish.
Edgar Allan Poe -- The Pit and the Pendulum
It was long after dusk when Mina and I went out with the remnants of 27 and 53 and a bottle of brown ale in a paper bag.
David Almond -- Skellig
His feet were still wrapped in the remnants of the coat and the shreds of tarp and...
Cormac McCarthy -- The Road
The remnants of that little army had children—God, how they multiplied—the South went through the Reconstruction with only one permanent political change: there was no more slavery.
Harper Lee -- Go Set a Watchman
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Skepticism is one of the few remnants of our bookish past, and most of us hold on to it tenaciously.
Sabaa Tahir -- An Ember in the Ashes
It reminds me of the remnants of the murdered snowman in my driveway.
Colleen Hoover -- Slammed
Then, drawing the last remnants of energy from somewhere deep inside himself, he pushed himself up onto an elbow and grabbed the fruit lying on the bed.
James Dashner -- The Scorch Trials
It’s not just trash now, but the mossy remnants of a knee-high stone wall, and the rusty remains of an old electrical tower from the days when electricity was transmitted by wires.
Neal Shusterman -- Unwind
The cracked and warped wooden door of apartment 2792 looked like it had been put there a thousand years ago, only a few scant remnants of faded green paint remaining.
James Dashner -- The Death Cure
My first instinct was to climb back up the tree, and I ran around to the other side, stepping on the torn remnants of the rebel girl’s bag.
Kiera Cass -- The Elite
A Silent Brother stood over a thrashing man dressed in the remnants of red gear.
Cassandra Clare -- City of Heavenly Fire
His sandwich was finished, and he wiped the remnants of it on his pants.
John Green -- An Abundance of Katherines
THE LAST REMNANT of the world I knew ripped apart on a sunny, warm Sunday afternoon.
Rick Yancey -- The 5th Wave
I wad up the remnant and press it just below her rib cage, against the bullet hole weeping blood.
Rick Yancey -- The Infinite Sea
As I mopped up the remnants of my breakfast with an end of bread, I realized that I had a problem.
Patrick Rothfuss -- The Name of the Wind
There were the remnants of a fire in the family room hearth, and I could not remember if I had lit one the evening before (I had been doing so periodically, if carefully, since that sudden conflagration).
Chang-rae Lee -- A Gesture Life
During certain hours, at certain years in our lives, we see ourselves as remnants from the earlier generations that were destroyed.
Michael Ondaatje -- Running in the Family
With each step, I shed the remnants of my nightmare, leaving it behind in the dark where it belongs.
Susan Ee -- Angelfall
The last remnants of strength fled from Cinder, leaving her exhausted and weak.
Marissa Meyer -- Cinder
It left an imprint in the air around you, as if you carried its remnants with you when you went.
Jojo Moyes -- Me Before You
All around the orchard, the frozen blackened remnants of the harvest were beginning to levitate.
Rick Riordan -- The Trials of Apollo
His face was weary, even dazed, as if he hadn’t slept a wink, and an unmistakable remnant of misery showed in his eyes.
Trenton Lee Stewart -- The Mysterious Benedict Society
It still echoed with the remnants of the power that had once given these trees such unnatural beauty.
Sarah J. Maas -- Throne of Glass
Hattie laughed, scraping her spoon around her empty bowl for the last remnants of porridge.
Gail Carson Levine -- Ella Enchanted
Dangling from a tree branch were the remnants of the little donkey pinata that she had given the children, its tissue streamers fluttering in the breeze.
Pam Munoz Ryan -- Esperanza Rising
The light was from a different fire after all; he’d been fooled because this new blaze was almost directly behind the still-flickering remnants of the Saturday October 7 fire.
Jim Murphy -- The Great Fire
Before either Little Man or I could answer, Mama and Big Ma emerged from the field with Stacey, the sacks now blackened remnants in their hands.
Mildred D. Taylor -- Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
My older brother Tsalig helped me create ice skates from all kinds of unlikely materials, metal remnants retrieved from our grandfather the blacksmith and bits of wood from the firewood pile.
Leon Leyson -- The Boy on the Wooden Box
And I will execute judgment upon thee and the whole remnant of thee shall I scatter to the winds ….
Scott Pratt -- An Innocent Client
To make his time in the sack even more uncomfortable there were still several lumps of wood, not to mention sharp screws and nails, in there with him, the final remnants of the coffin-based firewood.
Neil Gaiman -- The Graveyard Book
Sodden fragments littered the school yard, with only a few torn and illegible remnants dangling on the ropes.
Ji-Li Jiang -- Red Scarf Girl
He saw remnants of the wire canopy that had covered the former prison.
David Baldacci -- Zero Day
This referred to the ancient, ruined Indian canals that still ran across the land, the remnants of a lost civilization that was now rising again as a result of the marriage of an American man and Mexican woman.
Joshua Davis -- Spare Parts
Neumann One’s vibrating leg shakes the truck lightly, and the sun flares through the remnants of insects smeared across the windows, and a cold wind sets the whole field rustling.
Anthony Doerr -- All the Light We Cannot See
It’s then, when all of the physical remnants of my past are washed away, that I’m reminded of Lesslie.
Colleen Hoover -- Hopeless
It’s another remnant from my grandfather living here.
Katja Millay -- The Sea of Tranquility
It is a combination of an African dialect and English; some even claim that remnants of Elizabethan English survive among the Gullah people.
Pat Conroy -- The Water is Wide
I had wanted to get us out of the water two hours before, but we kept hearing the sound of falling trees and the crackling remnants of the terrible firestorm.
Alexandra Bracken -- The Darkest Minds
I fell in with the remnants of that group in London and began to do a certain amount of acting.
V.S. Naipaul -- A Bend in the River
She made little clucking sounds at her disheveled favorite, enticing him with the remnants of a bagel.
William Styron -- Sophie’s Choice
A phrase comes to me, a remnant left over from boys, from Saturday afternoons, reading the comics: Pick on somebody your own size.
Margaret Atwood -- Cat’s Eye
Once Gaea destroys the gods, we will divide up the remnants of the mortal world!
Rick Riordan -- The Blood of Olympus
He carefully peeled off the remnants of his shirt, wadding the cloth into a ball.
Diana Gabaldon -- Outlander
Every so often there passed through the shop a piece of museum quality too damaged or broken to save; for Hobie, who sorrowed over these elegant old remnants as if they were unfed children or mistreated cats, it was a point of duty to rescue what he could (a pair of finials here, a set of finely turned legs there) and then with his gifts as carpenter and joiner to recombine them into beautiful young Frankensteins that were in some cases plainly fanciful but in others such faithful…