1. being or affecting only a part; not total
- a partial description of the suspect
- partial collapse
- a partial eclipse
2. biased in favor of a person, side, or point of view, especially when dealing with a competition or dispute.
3. (followed by `of' or `to') having a strong preference or liking for
- partial to horror movies
Sentences with partial as an adjective:
- So far, I have only pieced together a partial account of the incident.
- It's easy to prove partial correctness, but it's not obvious that it is also totally correct.
- The referee is blatantly partial!
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
Similar word(s): overtone