Dictionary Definition
partial 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 immunity"
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)]
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 [syn: partial
derivative]
2 a harmonic with a frequency that is a multiple
of the fundamental frequency [syn: overtone, partial
tone]
User Contributed Dictionary
English
Pronunciation

 Rhymes: ɑː(r)ʃəl
Adjective
 Existing as a part or
portion; incomplete.
 So far, I have only pieced together a partial account of the incident.
 Biased in favor of a
person, side, or point of
view, especially when dealing with a competition or dispute.
 The referee is blatantly partial!
Translations
existing in part
 Finnish: osittainen, osa
 French: partiel
 German: teilweise, partiell
 Swedish: partiell, partial
biased
 Finnish: puolueellinen
 French: partial
 German parteiisch
 Swedish: partisk
Extensive Definition
Partial may refer to:
 Partial derivative
 partial function
 partial algorithm
 part score, in contract bridge
partial in French: Partiel
Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words
AF,
adulterated,
antiblack, arrested, audio frequency,
biased, blemished, callow, chauvinistic, colored, damaged, defective, deficient, denominational, discriminatory, doctrinaire, dogmatic, embryonic, erroneous, factional, failing, fallible, faulty, fond of, found wanting,
fractional, fragmentary, frequency, fundamental, fundamental
tone, half, halfway, harmonic, hypoplastic, immature, impaired, imperfect, imprecise, impure, in arrear, in arrears, in
default, in favor of, in short supply, inaccurate, inadequate, inclined, incomplete, inexact, infant, influenced, interested, intonation, involved, jaundiced, knownothing,
lacking, makeshift, mediocre, missing, mixed, monotone, monotony, needing, nonobjective, not perfect,
off, oneandahalf,
onesided, opinionated, overtone, part, partial to, partial tone,
partisan, partly, party, patchy, pitch, predisposed to, prejudiced, prepossessed, racist, scant, scanty, scrappy, sectarian, sectary, sectional, segmental, segmentary, sexist, short, shy, sketchy, superpatriotic, swayed, tendentious, tone, tonelessness, twisted, ultranationalist,
underdeveloped,
undetached, undeveloped, undispassionate,
uneven, unfair, unfinished, unneutral, unperfected, unsound, unthorough, wanting, warped, xenophobic