Partial

Partial may refer to:

Mathematics
  • Partial derivative
    • ∂, the partial derivative symbol, often read as "partial"
  • Partial differential equation
  • Partial function
  • Partially ordered set
Other
  • Partial agonist, in pharmacology
  • Partial algorithm, in computer science
  • Partial charge, in chemistry
  • Partial index, in database management
  • Part score, in contract bridge
  • Partial seizure, epilepsy
  • Partial wave, in acoustics and music

Famous quotes containing the word partial:

    The only coöperation which is commonly possible is exceedingly partial and superficial; and what little true coöperation there is, is as if it were not, being a harmony inaudible to men. If a man has faith, he will coöperate with equal faith everywhere; if he has not faith, he will continue to live like the rest of the world, whatever company he is joined to.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    There is no luck in literary reputation. They who make up the final verdict upon every book are not the partial and noisy readers of the hour when it appears; but a court as of angels, a public not to be bribed, not to be entreated, and not to be overawed, decides upon every man’s title to fame. Only those books come down which deserve to last.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

    Both the man of science and the man of art live always at the edge of mystery, surrounded by it. Both, as a measure of their creation, have always had to do with the harmonization of what is new with what is familiar, with the balance between novelty and synthesis, with the struggle to make partial order in total chaos.... This cannot be an easy life.
    J. Robert Oppenheimer (1904–1967)