One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A network of lines representing meridians and parallels, on which a map or plan can be represented.
web, criss-cross, grid, lattice, net, matrix, mesh, webbing, tracery, trellisView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘The map has no indicator of orientation except the graticule, the latitude and longitude grid.’
- ‘Triangulation also fixed any specific point within the comprehensive graticule of longitude and latitude that described the shape and size of the globe.’
- ‘Completely surrounding the map is a 'graticule' which you can use to give you an idea about the scale of the map.’
- 1.1 A 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.’
- ‘The initial strip length was measured using a magnifying eyepiece with a graticule.’
- ‘Stomatal and epidermal cell numbers were counted using a microscope and eye-piece graticule and the systematic sampling strategy described previously.’
- ‘Female body size (pronotum width) was measured using the eyepiece graticule in a binocular microscope.’
- ‘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’.
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