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Definition of Surplus


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

Surplus Quotations

We must find new lands from which we can easily obtain raw materials and at the same time exploit the cheap slave labor that is available from the natives of the colonies. The colonies would also provide a dumping ground for the surplus goods produced in our factories.
Cecil Rhodes

Surplus wealth is a sacred trust which its possessor is bound to administer in his lifetime for the good of the community.
Andrew Carnegie

A power has risen up in the government greater than the people themselves, consisting of many and various and powerful interests, combined into one mass, and held together by the cohesive power of the vast surplus in the banks.
John C. Calhoun

A balanced program for tax reform based upon the common sense idea of lowering taxes out of surplus revenues.
Andrew Mellon

With twelve horse power at our command, we considered that we could permit the weight of the machine with operator to rise to 750 or 800 pounds, and still have as much surplus power as we had originally allowed for in the first estimate of 550 pounds.
Orville Wright
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Surplus Translations

surplus in Afrikaans is surplus
surplus in Dutch is surplus
surplus in Portuguese is excesso
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