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Definitions of surplus

  1. a quantity much larger than is needed Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. That which remains over and above what is required; excess. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  3. Overplus; excess beyond what is needful. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  4. That which remains above what has been used or is required. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  5. Overplus; excess beyond what is prescribed or wanted; the residuum of an estate after the debts and legacies are paid. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  6. That which remains over beyond what is wanted; excess; what remains of an estate after debts, &c., have been paid. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  7. more than is needed, desired, or required; "trying to lose excess weight"; "found some extra change lying on the dresser"; "yet another book on heraldry might be thought redundant"; "skills made redundant by technological advance"; "sleeping in the spare room"; "supernumerary ornamentation"; "it was supererogatory of her to gloat"; "delete superfluous (or unnecessary) words"; "extra ribs as well as other supernumerary internal parts"; "surplus cheese distributed to the needy" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  8. Specifically, an amount in the public treasury at any time greater than is required for the ordinary purposes of the government. Newage Dictionary DB
  9. Exceeding what is used or needed; as, surplus supplies. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.

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Usage examples for surplus

  1. The roots and lower parts of the plants may be preserved, however, by setting them out for a hedge on level ground, instead of ridges as usual, and plowing a furrow three feet from each side of the row, to drain off surplus water. – Soil Culture by J. H. Walden
  2. He had been saving up for the great voyage and a little surplus wherewith to support him in Palestine while looking about him. – Dreamers of the Ghetto by I. Zangwill
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