- 1Existing only in part; incomplete: a question to which we have only partial answersMore example sentences
- The project essentially entailed a partial renewal of the existing line with some shortcut additions.
- Quantitative measurement is necessarily, by its very nature, partial and incomplete.
- I have a vague sense that dramaturgs may be a partial answer to the director capture problem, but I don't know enough about theatre to say.
- 2Favoring one side in a dispute above the other; biased: the paper gave a distorted and very partial view of the situationMore example sentences
- It's about separating yourself and your ideas from everyone else's partial biases.
- How can those who articulate the green case possibly be comfortable with such a curiously unbalanced mix of myths and beliefs, such a partial view of the world?
- I'm not an expert and I can't say for sure, but I think the UN weapons inspectors took a partial view of biological warfare.
- 2.1 [predic.] (partial to) Having a liking for: you know I’m partial to bacon and eggsMore example sentences
- I could afford the best wine by then, and I'd had become very partial to bacon every morning.
- The wife of a colleague was known to be partial to bacon and banana.
- Certainly, that touring party was more than partial to a peculiarly Kiwi version of bacon and egg pie.
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- A component of a musical sound; an overtone or harmonic: the upper partials of the stringMore example sentences
- At once the problem arises that the human voice is composed of many tones: the fundamental tone and a series of other tones called upper harmonics or partials.
- One unusual aspect of this music is that the rich upper partials of the voices bring out the simple harmonies of the hymns in a way not normally heard.
- In stringed instruments, additional strings of wire that vibrate in sympathy with a unison note or one of its partials, bowed or plucked on the main strings, adding a shimmer to the sound.