What is partial?

  • (adj): (followed by 'of' or 'to') having a strong preference or liking for.
    Example: "Partial to horror movies"
    Synonyms: fond
    See also — Additional definitions below

More definitions of "partial":

  • (noun): 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.
    Synonyms: partial derivative
  • (adj): Being or affecting only a part; not total.
    Example: "A partial description of the suspect"; "partial collapse"; "a partial eclipse"; "a partial monopoly"; "partial immunity"
  • (adj): Showing favoritism.
    Synonyms: unfair
  • (noun): A harmonic with a frequency that is a multiple of the fundamental frequency.
    Synonyms: overtone, partial tone

Famous quotes containing the word partial:

    Both the man of science and the man of art live always at the edge of mystery, surrounded by it. Both, as a measure of their creation, have always had to do with the harmonization of what is new with what is familiar, with the balance between novelty and synthesis, with the struggle to make partial order in total chaos.... This cannot be an easy life.
    J. Robert Oppenheimer (1904–1967)

    You must not be partial in judging: hear out the small and the great alike; you shall not be intimidated by anyone, for the judgment is God’s.
    Bible: Hebrew, Deuteronomy 1:17.

    The one-eyed man will be King in the country of the blind only if he arrives there in full possession of his partial faculties—that is, providing he is perfectly aware of the precise nature of sight and does not confuse it with second sight ... nor with madness.
    Angela Carter (1940–1992)