partial tide

partial tide

[′pär·shəl ′tīd]
(oceanography)
One of the harmonic components composing the tide at any point. Also known as tidal component; tidal constituent.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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This method relies on the fact that the observed tide is the result of several astronomically driven partial tides. Just as complicated sea waves can be reconstructed by combining several wave trains, so also can tides be calculated by combining partial tides, or tidal constituents.
The result is a large number of cosine curves, so-called tidal constituents or "partial tides", each representing the influence or characteristic of the local tide.

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