Definition of remains noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    remains

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    noun
    BrE BrE//rɪˈmeɪnz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈmeɪnz//
     
    [plural] Historic buildings, Death
     
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  1. 1  remains (of something) the parts of something that are left after the other parts have been used, eaten, removed, etc. She fed the remains of her lunch to the dog.
  2. 2  the parts of ancient objects and buildings that have survived and are discovered in the present day prehistoric remains the remains of a Roman fort See related entries: Historic buildings
  3. 3  (formal) the body of a dead person or animal They had discovered human remains. See related entries: Death
  4. Word Origin late Middle English (occasionally treated as singular): from Old French remain, from remaindre, from an informal form of Latin remanere, from re- (expressing intensive force) + manere ‘to stay’.Extra examples Considerable remains survive of the great city walls begun by Theodosius in AD 413. Environmentalists say that the road will destroy the remains of the world’s first commercial railway. Gulls often feed on the remains of seal kills. Her remains lie at rest in St Andrew’s churchyard. Her remains lie in an unmarked grave. Marie Curie’s remains were exhumed and interred in the Pantheon. The body was found among the remains of a burned-out house. The burned-out remains date from the 19th century. The ivory gull often follows polar bears to feed on the remains of seal kills. The remains have been identified as those of Carl Rider. The remains have been identified as those of a Mr Thomas, who lived in Richmond. They are excavating the remains of an Iron Age settlement. This tomb holds the mortal remains of King Richard III. This tomb holds the mortal remains of a great pharaoh. While excavating the site for a new hotel, workers unearthed the remains of several dinosaurs. While excavating the site, workers unearthed the remains of several dinosaurs. abundant remains of marine algae the extensive remains of a medieval abbey the extensive remains of an Aztec pyramid the mangled remains of the bomber’s van In the middle of the clearing were the charred remains of a small fire. She sat watching some birds pecking at the remains of a sandwich that someone had dropped. The mangled remains of a bicycle were sticking out of the windscreen. The museum has an impressive collection of prehistoric remains. They have found the remains of a Roman settlement on the land. human remains
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