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PARTIAL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does partial mean? 

PARTIAL (noun)
  The noun PARTIAL has 2 senses:

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

  Familiarity information: PARTIAL used as a noun is rare.


PARTIAL (adjective)
  The adjective PARTIAL has 3 senses:

1. being or affecting only a part; not total
2. showing favoritism
3. (followed by 'of' or 'to') having a strong preference or liking for

  Familiarity information: PARTIAL used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


PARTIAL (noun)


Sense 1partial [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

partial; partial derivative

Hypernyms ("partial" is a kind of...):

derivative; derived function; differential; differential coefficient; first derivative (the result of mathematical differentiation; the instantaneous change of one quantity relative to another; df(x)/dx)


Sense 2partial [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

partial tone; overtone; partial

Hypernyms ("partial" is a kind of...):

harmonic (a tone that is a component of a complex sound)


PARTIAL (adjective)


Sense 1partial [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Being or affecting only a part; not total

Context examples:

a partial description of the suspect / partial collapse / a partial eclipse / a partial monopoly / partial immunity

Similar:

incomplete; uncomplete (not complete or total; not completed)


Sense 2partial [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Showing favoritism

Synonyms:

unfair; partial

Similar:

biased; colored; coloured; one-sided; slanted (favoring one person or side over another)

Also:

unfair; unjust (not fair; marked by injustice or partiality or deception)

Antonym:

impartial (showing lack of favoritism)


Sense 3partial [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Synonyms:

partial; fond

Context examples:

fond of chocolate / partial to horror movies

Similar:

inclined ((often followed by 'to') having a preference, disposition, or tendency)


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