partial

Definitions

  • the Great Sphinx of GÎzeh Partially Uncovered, And the Pyramid of Khephren
    the Great Sphinx of GÎzeh Partially Uncovered, And the Pyramid of Khephren
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj partial being or affecting only a part; not total "a partial description of the suspect","partial collapse","a partial eclipse","a partial monopoly","partial immunity"
    • adj partial (followed by `of' or `to') having a strong preference or liking for "fond of chocolate","partial to horror movies"
    • adj partial showing favoritism
    • n partial a harmonic with a frequency that is a multiple of the fundamental frequency
    • n partial 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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Additional illustrations & photos:

A squirrel holding a partially eaten nut A squirrel holding a partially eaten nut
A monkey holding some partially eaten fruit A monkey holding some partially eaten fruit
Showing a partial view of the cross vaults Showing a partial view of the cross vaults

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A piece of French toast that was partially eaten by Justin Timberlake sold on eBay
    • partial Having a predilection for; inclined to favor unreasonably; foolishly fond. "A partial parent.""Not partial to an ostentatious display."
    • partial 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 . "Ye have been partial in the law."
    • partial 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."
    • partial (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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Bill Gates house was partially designed using a Macintosh computer. new
    • partial Affecting a part only; not general or universal; not total.
    • partial In botany, subordinate; secondary: as, a partial umbel, peduncle, or involucre.
    • partial 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.
    • partial 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.
    • partial Prejudiced, prepossessed, warped, unfair, one-sided.
    • n partial Same as partial tone.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There is no element on Mendeleev's (the current) periodic table of elements abbreviated, either partially, or fully, with the letter J.
    • adj Partial pär′shal relating to a part only: not total or entire: inclined to favour one person or party: having a preference:
    • adj Partial pär′shal (bot.) subordinate
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Quotations

  • Thomas S. Kuhn
    Thomas S. Kuhn
    “Communication across the revolutionary divide is inevitably partial.”
  • Daisy Ashford
    Daisy Ashford
    “I am partial to ladies if they are nice. I suppose it is my nature. I am not quite a gentleman but you would hardly notice it.”
  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
    Gilbert%20K.%20Chesterton
    “What people call impartiality may simply mean indifference, and what people call partiality may simply mean mental activity.”
  • Georg C. Lichtenberg
    Georg%20C.%20Lichtenberg
    “Man is always partial and is quite right to be. Even impartiality is partial.”
  • James Tyler Kent
    James Tyler Kent
    “While Homeopathy itself is a perfect science, its truth is only partially known. The truth itself relates to the Divine, the knowledge relates to man.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Some men have a necessity to be mean, as if they were exercising a faculty which they had to partially neglect since early childhood.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. LL. partials, fr. L. pars, gen. partis, a part; cf. (for sense 1) F. partiel,. See Part (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—Low L. partialis—L. pars, a part.

Usage

In literature:

She did not view him with the partiality of youthful affections; she was ignorant of the many ties which bound him to a brave and grateful heart.
"The Loyalists, Vol. 1-3" by Jane West
Hence his later judgments were frequently one-sided and partial.
"James Fenimore Cooper" by Thomas R. Lounsbury
Consonants are produced by partial or complete closing of the channel by interference of the lips, tongue, teeth and soft palate.
"The Head Voice and Other Problems" by D. A. Clippinger
The position must be so that a partial front view can be had of the body; eyes directed straight forward.
"Home Pastimes; or Tableaux Vivants" by James H. Head
It is not enough to say, that, after the fact, you can understand partially how Mahometanism came to be.
"Short Studies on Great Subjects" by James Anthony Froude
Some are partially cooked and then dried.
"Human Foods and Their Nutritive Value" by Harry Snyder
A total of twenty-eight franchise statutes are totally, and forty-four others are partially, repealed by the bill.
"The Governments of Europe" by Frederic Austin Ogg
It may stand as a partial answer, but only as partial.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
A book is only a very partial expression of its author.
"The Atlantic Monthly , Volume 2, No. 14, December 1858" by Various
The men were partial to him, as they always are to one who, whatever may be his peculiarities, is consistent.
"Percival Keene" by Frederick Marryat
Another lad of his age, some eighty years earlier, was partial, like him, to taverns and old clothes.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition" by Robert Louis Stevenson
All day the men remained suffering with cold, their hunger but partially satisfied with hard bread without coffee.
"Three Years in the Sixth Corps" by George T. Stevens
Luke's partial summary of the sermon follows his record of the ordination of the apostles.
"Jesus the Christ" by James Edward Talmage
Complicant: when one elytron extends over the other and partially covers it.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
It is said that during the work the excavation partially fell in upon the Englishman, who perished there.
"The Philippine Islands" by John Foreman
This Death, this want of correspondence, may be either partial or complete.
"Natural Law in the Spiritual World" by Henry Drummond
When liquids are taken, the solid materials are partially washed out of the pouch.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
The inhabitants of the Upper Pyrenees were still strangely partial to Barere.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
In children it is often difficult to distinguish between a sprain and the partial separation of an epiphysis.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles
Further, the interest must be of such a nature that it is more fully gratified by partially or wholly repeating the interesting action.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
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In poetry:

Let but the partial smile of Heaven
Upon the bosom play,
The mystic sound of sins forgiven,
Can waft the soul away.
"Heavenly Love" by George Moses Horton
And these are they the Father chose
With fond and partial love;
For whom salvation is proclaim'd
By angel hosts above.
"On Being Asked the Necessity of Prayer" by Caroline Fry
No partial pay could justice still,
No farthing was retrench'd:
Vengeance exacted all, until
Thy Husband all advanc'd.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter I." by Ralph Erskine
But the way she came was dark,
Ere she reach'd the partial gleam,
And dark her way again,
When past the silvery stream.
"Moonlight" by Caroline Fry
She went with morning from my door,
But left me richer than before;
Thenceforth I knew her voice of cheer,
The welcome of her partial ear.
"The Singer" by John Greenleaf Whittier
"Damon," said he, "thy partial praise restrain;
Not Damon's friendship can my peace restore:
Alas! his very praise awakes my pain,
And my poor wounded bosom bleeds the more.
"Elegy XXVI. Describing the Sorrow of An Ingeneous Mind" by William Shenstone

In news:

In fact, you're one of 40 percent of small businesses in that predicament--and your invoices may be partially to blame.
Kimball wants invoice from engineers for partial wastewater treatment plant work.
Partially due to tough economy, applications are up nearly 50 percent over a decade ago.
A partial solar eclipse as seen during sunrise (Image credit: AFP/Getty Images via @daylife).
Partially untreated sewage in the James River .
The project is being funded partially by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation ODOT is also bidding out the project.
Donald Trump Jr got partially tuxed for the runway.
Case-Control Association Testing with Partially o.
Partial Portrait of a Russian Artist.
Coloradans are partial to Santiago's mean green.
The answer partially depends on your knowledge, values and respect for the US Constitution.
In delivering the truth about simple and complex carbohydrates, Dean Ornish omitted some facts about protein diets ("A Diet Rich in Partial Truths," Op-Ed, July 13).
Following is a partial list of American guests at President Mikhail S Gorbachev's luncheon at the Soviet Embassy today.
It thrives in partial shade, as long as it gets some sun, loves very low water, and tolerates clay soils.
When I think back to movies I have loved and were filmed at least partially in Oklahoma, "Grapes of Wrath" always comes to mind.
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In science:

The graph of a (partial) function will be called a (partial) function graph.
Permutation graphs, fast forward permutations, and sampling the cycle structure of a permutation
The fol lowing are equivalent: (1) G is a proper partial cyclus graph. (2) G is a partial permutation graph with no cycles. (3) Each component of G is wel l-ordered by →.
Permutation graphs, fast forward permutations, and sampling the cycle structure of a permutation
The mirror partially reflects light and is partially transparent.
Quantum Physics of Simple Optical Instruments
Without loss of generality, assume that k < m, so that yk ∧ ym ≤ zm < b ≤ ym in the partial order on S and y ′k ∧ y ′m ≤ z ′m < ψ(b) ≤ y ′m in the partial order on S ′ .
Rayleigh processes, real trees, and root growth with re-grafting
The state |Ψi is, at least, partially separable when one of the values of partial entropy {QN −k ωN −k S(12···N −k)} is zero.
A simple entanglement measure for multipartite pure states
Furthermore, we call a d-module L of finite length a-partial ly finite if every simple subquotient of L is a highest weight module with an d-partially finite highest weight.
On the structure and characters of weight modules
It is also in this section that are obtained answers to Goodearl’s question for either arbitrary or unperforated partially ordered abelian groups (Corollaries 2.8 and 2.9), but not for torsion-free partially ordered abelian groups yet.
Embedding simple commutative monoids into simple refinement monoids
Bose, Strongly regular graphs, partial geometries, and partial ly balanced designs, Pacific J.
Pseudo-random graphs
Lemma 3.3. A partial derivation is compatible with partial derivations.
Parameters Changes for Generalized Power Series
The partials (5.5) thus obtained are now being substituted into the 4th order equation (0.5), with a and bi replaced by u and vi , and thus the Bj by ˜Bj , yielding a new 4th order equation involving the partials (5.4).
PDE's for the Gaussian ensemble with external source and the Pearcey distribution
Sometimes the partial derivatives with respect to space coordinate xi will be also denoted as ∂i ≡ ∂ /∂ xi , and the partial time derivative will be denoted as ∂t ≡ ∂ /∂ t.
General Relativistic Theory of Light Propagation in the Field of Radiative Gravitational Multipoles
If the quasi-order is a partial-order, i.e., if it is in addition antisymmetric, then this qoset is said to be a partial lyordered set (poset).
On a quasi-ordering on Boolean functions
In particular, regions in spacetime, in addition to the partial order relation of inclusion, have the partial order relation of causal priority, defined when every part of one region can observe every part of the other.
Categorical Geometry and the Mathematical Foundations of Quantum General Relativity
Remind that a directed set is a partially ordered set, where for any pair of elements there exists the unique supremum with respect to the partial order.
Ultrametric random field
We consider trees with a partial order, where the partial order is defined in the following way.
Replica symmetry breaking related to a general ultrametric space I: replica matrices and functionals
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