1. Of, pertaining to, or affecting, a part
only; not common or universal; not total
or entire; as, a partial eclipse
of the moon. "Partial dissolutions of the earth."
2. Inclined to favor
one party in a reason, or one side
of a question, more then the another; baised; not indifferent; as, a judge
must not be partial. "Ye have been partial
in the law." (Mal. Ii. 9)
3. Having a predelection for; inclined
unreasonably; foolishly loving. "A partial
parent." "Not partial
to an ostentatious
display." (Sir W. Scott)
4. Pertaining to a subordinate portion; as, a compound umbel is made up of a different partial umbels; a leaflet is often supported by a partial petiole. 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, the simple tones which in combination form an usual tone; the overtones, or harmonics, which, blending with a fundamental tone, reason its particular characteristic of sound, or timbre, or tone colour. See, also, Tone.
Origin: F, fr. LL. Partials, fr. L. Pars, gen. Partis, a part; cf. (for sense 1) F. Partiel. See Part.
Source: Websters Vocabulary