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  1. Navigation. a network of parallels and meridians on a map or chart.
  2. Optics. a reticle.
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Origin of graticule

1885–90; < French < Latin crāticula, diminutive of crātis. See grate2, -cule1
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British Dictionary definitions for graticule


  1. the grid of intersecting lines, esp of latitude and longitude on which a map is drawn
  2. another name for reticle
  3. a transparent scale in front of a cathode-ray oscilloscope or other measuring instrument
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Word Origin

C19: from French, from Latin crāticula, from crātis wickerwork
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