partial

[ pahr-shuhl ]
/ ˈpɑr ʃəl /
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adjective

noun

Bridge. part-score.
Acoustics, Music. partial tone.

Idioms

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

Origin of partial

1375–1425; late Middle English parcial biased, particular < Middle French < Late Latin partiālis pertaining to a part, equivalent to Latin parti- (stem of pars) part + -ālis -al1

Related forms

Can be confused

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

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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