One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A small amount of something that remains after the main part has gone or been taken or used.
- ‘You may need to wipe off a small amount of white residue.’
- ‘The cause was found to be the high amount of pesticide residue on vegetables.’
- ‘Runoff and erosion decrease as the amount of residue remaining on the surface increases.’
- ‘The order in which crops are grown has to be chosen carefully, considering such factors as the amount of residue a crop leaves, and root depth.’
- ‘This, as well as the planting operation, would further reduce the amount of residue cover remaining.’
- ‘Even when canned vegetables are rinsed small amounts of the residue remain.’
- ‘Further opportunities in Ireland arise from waste water treatment plants and agricultural residues.’
- ‘This residue remains there for a few days unless special efforts have been made to wash it off.’
- ‘As a result, it is almost impossible to know the amount of pesticide residues on supermarket produce.’
- ‘They save a tremendous amount of work; farmers can sow into the plant residue rather than tilling the soil.’
- ‘The steam separators improved the residue problem with the endoscopes and also decreased the amount of residue on all instruments.’
- ‘Rising dew from the bottom gently kissed the people on their faces, coating their skin in a fine residue as they slowly climbed down the ladder.’
- ‘Straw also requires far fewer chemicals and less energy to produce paper pulp, due to the low amount of lignin in its residue.’
- ‘He said that with the use of rotavators, stubs and residues of the previous crops get chopped into fine pieces and get thoroughly mixed in soil to form organic manure.’
- ‘The main source of bacterial growth in whirlpool tubs is the residue which accumulates in the piping.’
- ‘The independent Veterinary Residues Committee is following up the issue of residues of nicarbazin and other feed additives in poultry.’
- ‘They are likely to contain residues of insecticides.’
- ‘During drought years, the amount of residue is even less, which exposes the soil to greater evaporation and erosion.’
- ‘Abrasive selection is dependent upon the amount of residue or burrs to be removed.’
- ‘It is proposed that the waste timber product would be obtained from local forestry residues including thinnings.’
- 1.1 A substance that remains after a process such as combustion or evaporation.
- ‘When heated this produces methane gas and a solid residue of sodium carbonate.’
- ‘It's true that incineration reduces the volume of waste, but the residue is highly toxic.’
- ‘Steam distillation or chromatography of wood and wood residues can release terpenes.’
- ‘Scattered depressions in the desert fill with water after a rainfall, retaining an alkaline residue as the water evaporates.’
- ‘Oxidation of amino acid residues in proteins is known to alter their functional properties.’
- 1.2Law The part of an estate that is left after the payment of charges, debts, and bequests.
- ‘By her will the deceased left you the residue of her estate.’
- ‘One assumes it was intended to fall into the residue of the Estate, but this is simply another drafting problem with these two clauses in the Will.’
- ‘The disclaimed property goes back into the residue of the estate, and is disposed of under the terms of the will.’
- ‘Thus, there was an intestacy with respect to the residue of the Estate.’
- ‘The residue of the Estate is to be invested and the net income derived from the investment is to be paid to the applicant during her lifetime.’
Late Middle English: from Old French residu, from Latin residuum ‘something remaining’ (see residuum).
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