Definition of graticule in English:



  • 1A network of lines representing meridians and parallels, on which a map or plan can be represented.

    • ‘The intimate zone of home is plotted on the abstract graticule of the globe.’
    • ‘The map's graticule thus established the structural correctness of the conceptual geographical archive.’
    • ‘Triangulation also fixed any specific point within the comprehensive graticule of longitude and latitude that described the shape and size of the globe.’
    • ‘The map has no indicator of orientation except the graticule, the latitude and longitude grid.’
    • ‘Completely surrounding the map is a 'graticule' which you can use to give you an idea about the scale of the map.’
    web, criss-cross, grid, lattice, net, matrix, mesh, webbing, tracery, trellis
    View synonyms
    1. 1.1A series of fine lines or fibres in the eyepiece of an optical device, such as a microscope, or on the screen of an oscilloscope, used as a measuring scale or an aid in locating objects.
      • ‘Diameters at 1-4 mm behind the root apex were measured using a stereo microscope with an eyepiece graticule.’
      • ‘Female body size (pronotum width) was measured using the eyepiece graticule in a binocular microscope.’
      • ‘Stomatal and epidermal cell numbers were counted using a microscope and eye-piece graticule and the systematic sampling strategy described previously.’
      • ‘The initial strip length was measured using a magnifying eyepiece with a graticule.’
      • ‘Stomatal densities of both leaf sides were determined under the microscope with an eye-piece graticule.’


Late 19th century: from French, from medieval Latin graticula a little grating, from Latin craticula gridiron, diminutive of cratis hurdle.