Residual vs Vestige - What's the difference?

residual | vestige |


As nouns the difference between residual and vestige

is that residual is a remainder left over at the end of some process while vestige is the mark of the foot left on the earth; a track or footstep; a trace; a sign.

As an adjective residual

is of, relating to, or remaining as a residue; left over.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

residual

English

Adjective

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  • 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.
  • vestige

    English

    (Webster 1913)

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • The mark of the foot left on the earth; a track or footstep; a trace; a sign.
  • A faint mark or visible sign left by something which is lost, or has perished, or is no longer present; remains.
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  • *{{quote-book, year=1944, author=(w)
  • , title= The Three Corpse Trick, chapter=5 , passage=The hovel stood in the centre of what had once been a vegetable garden, but was now a patch of rank weeds. Surrounding this, almost like a zareba, was an irregular ring of gorse and brambles, an unclaimed vestige of the original common.}}
  • (label) A vestigial organ; a non-functional organ or body part that was once functional in an evolutionary ancestor.
  • * 1904 Transactions of theannual session , Volume 40, Homeopathic Medical Society of the State of Pennsylvania, p160
  • Any person seeing such a condition could not help being frightened at the conditions found, and it seems to me that that fact should lead us to think that the appendix is a vestige or becoming so.
  • * 1932 (John Arthur Thomson), Riddles of science, Ayer Publishing, p824
  • Now this paired organ of Jacobsen began in reptiles and is well developed in many mammals. But in man it is a vestige , often disappearing altogether; and the two openings are closed.
  • * 2007 R. Randal Bollingera, Andrew S. Barbasa, Errol L. Busha, Shu S. Lina, & William Parkera, "Biofilms in the large bowel suggest an apparent function of the human vermiform appendix," Journal of Theoretical Biology
  • This idea was confirmed by Scott, who performed a detailed comparative analysis of primate anatomy and demonstrated conclusively that the appendix is derived for some unidentified function and is not a vestige .

    Derived terms

    * vestigial

    See also

    * hint * trace