American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, being, or affecting only a part; not total; incomplete: The plan calls for partial deployment of missiles. The police have only a partial description of the suspect.
- adj. Favoring one person or side over another or others; biased or prejudiced: a decision that was partial to the plaintiff.
- adj. Having a particular liking or fondness for something or someone: partial to spicy food.
- adj. Mathematics Of or being operations or sequences of operations, such as differentiation and integration, when applied to only one of several variables at a time.
- n. Music See harmonic.
- n. Mathematics A partial derivative.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Affecting a part only; not general or universal; not total.
- In botany, subordinate; secondary: as, a partial umbel, peduncle, or involucre.
- Inclined to favor one party in a cause or one side of a question more than the other; not indifferent; exhibiting favoritism; in a restricted sense, unjust or unfair through favoritism.
- Greatly or unduly inclined to favor a person or thing; having a liking for, or a prejudice in favor of, an object: when used in the predicate, with to before the object.
- 3 and Prejudiced, prepossessed, warped, unfair, one-sided.
- n. Same as partial tone.
- adj. Existing as a part or portion; incomplete.
- adj. computer science Describing a property that holds only when an algorithm terminates.
- adj. Biased in favor of a person, side, or point of view, especially when dealing with a competition or dispute.
- n. mathematics A partial derivative: a derivative with respect to one independent variable of a function in multiple variables.
- n. music An overtone or harmonic.
- n. dentistry dentures that replace only some of the natural teeth
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Of, pertaining to, or affecting, a part only; not general or universal; not total or entire.
- adj. Inclined to favor one party in a cause, or one side of a question, more then the other; biased; not indifferent.
- adj. Having a predilection for; inclined to favor unreasonably; foolishly fond.
- adj. (Bot.) Pertaining to a subordinate portion
- adj. (followed by `of' or `to') having a strong preference or liking for
- n. the derivative of a function of two or more variables with respect to a single variable while the other variables are considered to be constant
- adj. showing favoritism
- adj. being or affecting only a part; not total
- n. a harmonic with a frequency that is a multiple of the fundamental frequency
- From Middle English parcial ("biased or particular"), from Late Latin partialis ("of or pertaining to a part"), from Latin pars ("part"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English parcial, from Old French, from Late Latin partiālis, from Latin pars, part-, part; see part. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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