Residue is anything that's left over when a substance has been removed, like the grease left over on a frying pan. It can also mean, simply, "remainder."

When residue refers to a liquid, it’s what’s left at the bottom of a bottle, a pot, or a can after the rest has been poured out. Legally, the residue is the remainder of the money in an estate, after bills and taxes have been paid. So if your millionaire aunt leaves you her estate, but didn’t pay any bills for the last ten years, you may not get much residue!

Definitions of residue
  1. noun
    matter that remains after something has been removed
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    crackling, greaves
    the residue that remains after animal fat has been rendered
    the residue that remains when something is burned
    cotton cake, cottonseed cake
    the solid matter remaining after oil has been pressed from cottonseeds
    the residue of partially burnt tobacco left caked in the bowl of a pipe after smoking
    fly ash
    fine solid particles of ash that are carried into the air when fuel is combusted
    bone ash
    ash left when bones burn; high in calcium phosphate; used as fertilizer and in bone china
    type of:
    that which has mass and occupies space
  2. noun
    something left after other parts have been taken away
    synonyms: balance, remainder, residual, residuum, rest
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    dregs, leftover, remnant
    a small part or portion that remains after the main part no longer exists
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    component, component part, constituent, moiety, part, portion
    something determined in relation to something that includes it
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