Partial differentials
partial par"tial (p[aum]r"shal), 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. Burnet. [1913 Webster]

2. Inclined to favor one party in a cause, or one side of a question, more then the other; biased; not indifferent; as, a judge should not be partial. [1913 Webster]

Ye have been partial in the law. --Mal. ii. 9. [1913 Webster]

3. Having a predilection for; inclined to favor unreasonably; foolishly fond. ``A partial parent.'' --Pope. [1913 Webster]

Not partial to an ostentatious display. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

{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}. [1913 Webster]


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  • partial — par tial (p[aum]r shal), 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Partial differential coefficients — partial par tial (p[aum]r shal), 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Partial differentiation — partial par tial (p[aum]r shal), 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Partial fractions — partial par tial (p[aum]r shal), 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Partial tones — partial par tial (p[aum]r shal), 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Total differential — Differential Dif fer*en tial, n. 1. (Math.) An increment, usually an indefinitely small one, which is given to a variable quantity. [1913 Webster] Note: According to the more modern writers upon the differential and integral calculus, if two or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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