**Par"tial** (?), 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.

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*Partial* dissolutions of the earth."

*T. Burnet.*

**2.**

Inclined to favor one party in a cause, or one side of a question, more then the other; baised; not indifferent; as, a judge should not be **partial**.

Ye have been **partial** in the law.
*Mal. ii. 9.*

**3.**

Having a predelection for; inclined to favor unreasonably; foolishly fond.

"A

*partial* parent."

*Pope.*

Not **partial** to an ostentatious display.
*Sir W. Scott.*

**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.

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.
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