Meaning of surplus
Pronunciation: (sûr'plus, -plus), [key]
— n., adj., v., -plussedor-plused, -plus•singor-plus•ing.
- something that remains above what is used or needed.
- an amount, quantity, etc., greater than needed.
- agricultural produce or a quantity of food grown by a nation or area in excess of its needs, esp. such a quantity of food purchased and stored by a governmental program of guaranteeing farmers a specific price for certain crops.
- the excess of assets over liabilities accumulated throughout the existence of a business, excepting assets against which stock certificates have been issued; excess of net worth over capital-stock value.
- an amount of assets in excess of what is requisite to meet liabilities.
- being a surplus; being in excess of what is required: surplus wheat.
- to treat as surplus; sell off; retire: The government surplussed some of its desert lands.
- surplus (Thesaurus)