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



    BrE BrE//ˈrezɪdjuː//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrezɪduː//
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  1. 1a small amount of something that remains at the end of a process pesticide residues in fruit and vegetables
  2. 2(law) the part of the money, property, etc. of a person who has died that remains after all the debts, gifts, etc. have been paid The residue of the estate was divided equally among his children.
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French residu, from Latin residuum ‘something remaining’, neuter of residuus ‘remaining’, from the verb residere.Extra examples The meat contained residues of antibiotics. The sauce left a greasy residue on the pan. sawdust and other residues from the timber industry The chemical process leaves a greasy residue. There will be a residue of fine powder if it is not rinsed thoroughly.
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