Meaning of redundant

re•dun•dant

Pronunciation: (ri-dun'dunt), [key]
— adj.
  1. characterized by verbosity or unnecessary repetition in expressing ideas; prolix: a redundant style.
  2. being in excess; exceeding what is usual or natural: a redundant part.
  3. having some unusual or extra part or feature.
  4. characterized by superabundance or superfluity: lush, redundant vegetation.
    1. (of a structural member) not necessary for resisting statically determined stresses.
    2. (of a structure) having members designed to resist other than statically determined stresses; hyperstatic.
    3. noting a complete truss having additional members for resisting eccentric loads. Cf.complete(def. 8),incomplete(def. 3).
    4. (of a device, circuit, computer system, etc.) having excess or duplicate parts that can continue to perform in the event of malfunction of some of the parts.
  5. characterized by redundancy; predictable.
  6. containing more bits or characters than are required, as a parity bit inserted for checking purposes.
  7. removed or laid off from a job.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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