Definition of réseau in English:



  • 1A network or grid.

    • ‘Under certain conditions of observation, the really complex Martian details appear as a réseau of fine lines.’
    • ‘It is not the first time that we meet with the purpose of making a réseau of women scientists, it is a question we have been dealing with for two years and that has already gone through important institutional stages.’
    • ‘This game has a réseau of strategy, game design, and server administration.’
    web, criss-cross, grid, lattice, net, matrix, mesh, webbing, tracery, trellis
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    1. 1.1 A plain net ground used in lacemaking.
      • ‘Though laces of the Lille type first appeared around 1750, the example here is most likely from the end of the century. The ground is a fond simple réseau.’
      • ‘The réseau connects the toilé or more solid parts of the patterns together by filling the spaces between them with fine meshes, the make of which is varied, especially in needle laces.’
      • ‘Bruges flower lace was called guipure laces, indicating that the separately worked parts of the pattern were held together not by a réseau but by brides.’
    2. 1.2 A reference marking pattern on a photograph, used in astronomy and surveying.
      • ‘A considerable improvement in accuracy is obtained by making use of a réseau, which is commonly employed in photographic astronomy.’
      • ‘The patent application concerns a system for automatically measuring the positions of réseau grid lines and other calibration marks on photographs, using a digital computer to control a non-coherent optical correlator.’
      • ‘The camera is moved to each desired location within the confines of the réseau assembly to capture the corresponding photo section of the subject image.’
    3. 1.3 A spy or intelligence network, especially in the French resistance movement during the German occupation.
      • ‘Joly discovered the strands of what the French call les réseaux - the networks of hidden power woven through the nation's life.’
      • ‘It was the more secretive networks (réseaux) of intelligence and escape which forged the first working links with the British or the Free French in London.’
      • ‘It was these réseaux that Joly challenged, summoning prominent witnesses, questioning them harshly, and, when they refused to answer her questions, ordering them to prison.’
      • ‘The pilot managed to find shelter and safety with Colette and her family. She and her family were part of the local French resistance réseau.’


Late 16th century (as a term in lacemaking): French, literally ‘net, web’.