1. 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;

[syn: partial derivative,

2. a harmonic with a frequency that is a multiple of the fundamental frequency;

[syn: overtone,

1. being or affecting only a part; not total;

- Example: "a partial description of the suspect"

- Example: "partial collapse"

- Example: "a partial eclipse"

- Example: "a partial monopoly"

- Example: "partial immunity"

2. showing favoritism;

3. (followed by `of' or `to') having a strong preference or liking for;

- Example: "fond of chocolate"

- Example: "partial to horror movies"

[syn: fond(p), partial(p)]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

partial \par"tial\ (p[aum]r"shal), a. [F., fr. LL. partials, fr. L. pars, gen. partis, a part; cf. (for sense 1) F. partiel. See Part, n.] 1. Of, pertaining to, or affecting, a part only; not general or universal; not total or entire; as, a partial eclipse of the moon. "Partial dissolutions of the earth." --T. Burnet. [1913 Webster] 2. Inclined to favor one party in a cause, or one side of a question, more then the other; biased; not indifferent; as, a judge should not be partial. [1913 Webster] Ye have been partial in the law. --Mal. ii. 9. [1913 Webster] 3. Having a predilection for; inclined to favor unreasonably; foolishly fond. "A partial parent." --Pope. [1913 Webster] Not partial to an ostentatious display. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] 4. (Bot.) Pertaining to a subordinate portion; as, a compound umbel is made up of a several partial umbels; a leaflet is often supported by a partial petiole. [1913 Webster] Partial differentials, Partial differential coefficients, Partial differentiation, etc. (of a function of two or more variables), the differentials, differential coefficients, differentiation etc., of the function, upon the hypothesis that some of the variables are for the time constant. Partial fractions (Alg.), fractions whose sum equals a given fraction. Partial tones (Music), the simple tones which in combination form an ordinary tone; the overtones, or harmonics, which, blending with a fundamental tone, cause its special quality of sound, or timbre, or tone color. See, also, Tone. [1913 Webster]WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

partial adj 1: being or affecting only a part; not total; "a partial description of the suspect"; "partial collapse"; "a partial eclipse"; "a partial monopoly"; "partial immunity" 2: showing favoritism [ant: impartial] 3: (followed by `of' or `to') having a strong preference or liking for; "fond of chocolate"; "partial to horror movies" [syn: fond(p), partial(p)] n 1: 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 [syn: partial derivative, partial] 2: a harmonic with a frequency that is a multiple of the fundamental frequency [syn: overtone, partial, partial tone]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

116 Moby Thesaurus words for "partial": AF, adulterated, antiblack, arrested, audio frequency, biased, blemished, callow, chauvinistic, colored, damaged, defective, deficient, denominational, discriminatory, doctrinaire, dogmatic, embryonic, erroneous, factional, failing, fallible, faulty, fond of, found wanting, fractional, fragmentary, frequency, fundamental, fundamental tone, half, halfway, harmonic, hypoplastic, immature, impaired, imperfect, imprecise, impure, in arrear, in arrears, in default, in favor of, in short supply, inaccurate, inadequate, inclined, incomplete, inexact, infant, influenced, interested, intonation, involved, jaundiced, know-nothing, lacking, makeshift, mediocre, missing, mixed, monotone, monotony, needing, nonobjective, not perfect, off, one-and-a-half, one-sided, opinionated, overtone, part, partial to, partial tone, partisan, partly, party, patchy, pitch, predisposed to, prejudiced, prepossessed, racist, scant, scanty, scrappy, sectarian, sectary, sectional, segmental, segmentary, sexist, short, shy, sketchy, superpatriotic, swayed, tendentious, tone, tonelessness, twisted, ultranationalist, underdeveloped, undetached, undeveloped, undispassionate, uneven, unfair, unfinished, unneutral, unperfected, unsound, unthorough, wanting, warped, xenophobic