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partial

[ pahr-shuhl ]
/ ˈpɑr ʃəl /
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adjective
noun
Bridge. part-score.
Acoustics, Music. partial tone.
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Idioms about partial

    partial to, having a liking or preference for; particularly fond of: I'm partial to chocolate cake.

Origin of partial

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English parcial “biased, particular,” from Middle French, from Late Latin partiālis “pertaining to a part,” equivalent to Latin parti- (stem of pars ) “piece, portion” + -ālis adjective suffix; see part, -al1

OTHER WORDS FROM partial

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH partial

partially , partly
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British Dictionary definitions for partial

partial
/ (ˈpɑːʃəl) /

adjective
noun
Also called: partial tone music acoustics any of the component tones of a single musical sound, including both those that belong to the harmonic series of the sound and those that do not
maths a partial derivative

Derived forms of partial

partially, adverbpartialness, noun

Word Origin for partial

C15: from Old French parcial, from Late Latin partiālis incomplete, from Latin pars part

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