Why is this weekend’s full moon (the flower moon) so unusual?When an exceptional full moon peeks out of the sky on Saturday morning, a whole host of lunar vocabulary will come with it. It’s no coincidence that the word “moon” looks like “month.” They share a Germanic base — plus, the moon’s cycle resets itself on average every 29.53 days. The period of time between new moons is known as the synodic month. (A new …
What is the difference between partly and partially?Generally, the words may be used interchangeably to refer to some amount or degree that is less than the whole. For example, you can say: She is partly responsible for their fighting. / She is partially responsible for their fighting. However, partially may imply favoritism because it is related to ‘partial’ and does have the archaic sense ‘in a biased manner’. To avoid ambiguity when describing favoritism, say: He is ‘partial’ …
- partial denture,
- partial derivative,
- partial differential,
- partial differential equation,
- partial differentiation,
- partial fraction,
- partial ophthalmoplegia,
- partial ordering,
- partial pressure,
- partial product
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An eclipse in which only part of the surface of a celestial object is obscured. See more at eclipse.
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