One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A 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
- ‘Completely surrounding the map is a 'graticule' which you can use to give you an idea about the scale of the map.’
- ‘The intimate zone of home is plotted on the abstract graticule of the globe.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The map's graticule thus established the structural correctness of the conceptual geographical archive.’
Late 19th century: from French, from medieval Latin graticula ‘a little grating’, from Latin craticula ‘gridiron’, diminutive of cratis ‘hurdle’.
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