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Definition something left after most of what was there is gone

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  • At then end of the lease, you can purchase the car for its remaining residual value.
residual = something left after most of what was there is gone
  • People are beginning to appreciate the importance of managing residual herbicides in soil.
  • Studying math and science has residual benefits when studying other subjects.
  • Residual products from the desalination are pumped back into the sea.
  • "After this amount of time we might see behavioral evidence," Dr. P. said, "but there is no residual physical damage."
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Bean Trees
  • residual = something left after most of what was there is gone
  • A stronger design deliberately applies residual stress in opposition to the external stresses.
  • The MTs treated her for the drug, but she'll have some residual effects.
    J.D. Robb  --  Immortal in Death
  • The volatile truth of our words should continually betray the inadequacy of the residual statement.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • We have residual heat signatures all over the place.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • She has moved on from Katrina in many ways, and yet the residual effects arrive at unexpected times.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • He has never had the medical tests which would definitely prove or disprove the existence of residual brain damage.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • The downpour ends and there's only the residual drippings of water from branches, the rush of the now overflowing stream below us.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • He was diagnosed as having a kidney infection, one that he believes was facilitated by residual tissue damage from the Shiga toxins.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • A few residual waves slapped the ship's side, and then the ocean was calm.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Second Siege
  • I take another deep breath and let it out slowly, making sure all residual feelings are under control.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • The residual smoke from the feathers has made my eyes teary, which adds a very nice touch.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • Their lifters could fail but, even so, the residual charge in the EM generators would allow the aircar to descend safely from any altitude.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • Lights-out never really meant lights-out—there was always some residual bulb shining somewhere in the prison.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • For one thing, he discovered that even after all these months she had the residual effects of scurvy.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • He didn't even stay around to shower after workout, which means in an hour he'll feel like he's staked on an anthill from the residual chlorine.
    Chris Crutcher  --  Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes

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