AskDefine | Define residual

Dictionary Definition

residual adj : relating to or indicating a remainder; "residual quantity" [syn: residuary]


1 something left after other parts have been taken away; "there was no remainder"; "he threw away the rest"; "he took what he wanted and I got the balance" [syn: remainder, balance, residue, residuum, rest]
2 (often plural) a payment that is made to a performer or writer or director of a television show or commercial that is paid for every repeat showing; "he could retire on his residuals"

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. Of, relating to, or remaining as a residue; left over.



  1. A remainder left over at the end of some process.
  2. Payments made to performers, writers and directors when a recorded broadcast is repeated.


a remainder left over at the end of some process

Extensive Definition

In general, a residual is a positive or negative numeric difference between two numbers.

See also

residual in German: Residuum
residual in Swedish: Residual
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