[ ret-i-kuhl ]
/ ˈrɛt ɪ kəl /

noun Optics.

a network of fine lines, wires, or the like placed in the focus of the eyepiece of an optical instrument.
Also reticule.

Origin of reticle

1650–60; <Latin rēticulum little net, equivalent to rēt- (stem of rēte) net + -i--i- + -culum-cle1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for reticle


less commonly reticule

/ (ˈrɛtɪkəl) /


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

Word Origin for reticle

C17: from Latin rēticulum a little net, from rēte net
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