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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Partial  \Par"tial\,  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. 
  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. 
  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  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}. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  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 
  2:  showing  favoritism  [syn:  {unfair}]  [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)}] 

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