partial | WordNet 2.0 |
- a harmonic with a frequency that is a multiple of the fundamental frequency |
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- 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 |
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- being or affecting only a part - not total |
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- showing favoritism |
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Partial | Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) |
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. 2. Inclined to favor one party in a cause, or one side of a question, more then the other; baised; not indifferent; as, a judge should not be partial. "Ye have been partial in the law." -- Mal. ii. 9. 3. Having a predelection for; inclined to favor unreasonably; foolishly fond. "A partial parent." Pope. "Not partial to an ostentatious display." -- Sir W. Scott. 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. Partial differentials Partial fractions Partial tones |
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