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Surplus meaning

surplus - 4 dictionary results

  1. 1. That which remains when use or need is satisfied, or when a limit is reached; excess; overplus.
  2. 2. Specifically, an amount in the public treasury at any time greater than is required for the ordinary purposes of the government.
  3. 3. Being or constituting a surplus; more than sufficient; as, surplus revenues; surplus population; surplus words.
  4. 4. Overplus; excess beyond what is needful.

surplus - examples of usage

  1. The surplus milk consequently brings no profit, and is only made into cheese because it shall not be wasted, and in the hope that possibly a favourable turn of the cheese market may happen. - "Hodge and His Masters", Richard Jefferies.
  2. But until the day of its arrival, whenever that may be, thou canst send or carry of our surplus to them. - "The Princess Pocahontas", Virginia Watson.
  3. In the present state of things then we must necessarily give up the idea of creating a large average surplus. - "Observations on the Effects of the Corn Laws, and of a Rise or Fall in the Price of Corn on the Agriculture and General Wealth of the Country", Thomas Malthus.
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