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:

    It is characteristic of the epistemological tradition to present us with partial scenarios and then to demand whole or categorical answers as it were.
    Avrum Stroll (b. 1921)

    We were soon in the smooth water of the Quakish Lake,... and we had our first, but a partial view of Ktaadn, its summit veiled in clouds, like a dark isthmus in that quarter, connecting the heavens with the earth.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    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)