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[ret-i-kuh l]
noun Optics.
  1. a network of fine lines, wires, or the like placed in the focus of the eyepiece of an optical instrument.
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Also reticule.

Origin of reticle

1650–60; < Latin rēticulum little net, equivalent to rēt- (stem of rēte) net + -i- -i- + -culum -cle1
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British Dictionary definitions for reticle


less commonly reticule

  1. a network of fine lines, wires, etc, placed in the focal plane of an optical instrument to assist measurement of the size or position of objects under observationAlso called: graticule
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Word Origin for reticle

C17: from Latin rēticulum a little net, from rēte net
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Word Origin and History for reticle


1650s, from Latin reticulum "little net," diminutive of rete "net" (see reticulate (adj.)).

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