Residual vs Leftover - What's the difference?

residual | leftover |


As adjectives the difference between residual and leftover

is that residual is of, relating to, or remaining as a residue; left over while leftover is remaining; left behind; extra; in reserve.

As nouns the difference between residual and leftover

is that residual is a remainder left over at the end of some process while leftover is something left behind; an excess or remainder.

residual

English

Adjective

(-)
  • Of, relating to, or remaining as a residue; left over.
  • Synonyms

    * residuary

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A remainder left over at the end of some process.
  • (in the plural) Payments made to performers, writers and directors when a recorded broadcast is repeated.
  • leftover

    English

    Alternative forms

    * left over, left-over

    Adjective

    (-)
  • Remaining; left behind; extra; in reserve.
  • Do you want some of the leftover supplies from the event?
  • (chiefly, in the plural, usually, of food) Remaining after a meal is complete or eaten for a later meal or snack.
  • I have some leftover spaghetti in the fridge, so I don't plan to cook tonight.
    Not leftovers again.

    Usage notes

    * When used after a verb (as part of a predicate phrase), use two separate words: *: I can walk for miles and still have energy left over.

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • Something left behind; an excess or remainder.
  • It's a leftover from yesterday, but it's still perfectly good.
    The entire wheel of cheese is a leftover from the party.