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Meaning & Definition of Partial in English

English

Partial

/pɑrʃəl/

noun

1. 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

    synonym:
  • partial derivative
  • ,
  • partial

2. A harmonic with a frequency that is a multiple of the fundamental frequency

    synonym:
  • overtone
  • ,
  • partial
  • ,
  • partial tone

adjective

1. Being or affecting only a part

  • Not total
  • "A partial description of the suspect"
  • "Partial collapse"
  • "A partial eclipse"
  • "A partial monopoly"
  • "Partial immunity"
    synonym:
  • partial

2. Showing favoritism

    synonym:
  • partial

3. (followed by `of' or `to') having a strong preference or liking for

  • "Fond of chocolate"
  • "Partial to horror movies"
    synonym:
  • fond(p)
  • ,
  • partial(p)

Examples of using

The math teacher explained the concept of partial differentiation.
I'm in partial agreement with you.
Lunar eclipses can be total or partial.