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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A grid of horizontal and vertical lines.
  • n. (UK) Synonym for reticle
  • n. The network of lines of latitude and longitude that make a up a coordinate system such as the one used on the Earth.
  • n. A nearly square or nearly rectangular region created by a graticule.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A design or draught which has been divided into squares, in order to reproduce it in other dimensions.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A design or draft divided into squares to facilitate copying.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a network of fine lines, dots, cross hairs, or wires in the focal plane of the eyepiece of an optical instrument


French, from Latin crāticula, diminutive form of crātis. (Wiktionary)


  • I have just learned via a MetaFilter post the word graticule, which is obscure enough that it's not in the American Heritage Dictionary. GRATICULE.

  • The geohashing algorithm generates a point on the Earth within each square bordered by integer latitude and longitude lines (known as a graticule).

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  • Nor does the clip look as if it originated from military equipment – you would normally expect to see embedded graticule markings, time stamps and other coding.

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  • I once owned an oscilloscope which had a knob for graticule illumination: that controlled a light set into the side of a gridded green perspex cover over the screen proper. GRATICULE.

  • Hence graticuled ppl. a., fitted with a graticule. GRATICULE.

  • July 398/2 A graduation line is centred in the microscope eyepiece graticule. GRATICULE.

  • Behind Sam's head the graticule of trees glowed with a fiery foliage, like a badly-printed colour photo with the red block out of register.

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  • This sweep line supplies the extent parameters for a WMS GetProfileData request. private void CreateImages (object sender, RoutedEventArgs e) string colorization = "Elevation"; string filter = "All"; string graticule = "True"; string drapeline = "False"; double profileWidth = 300; double profileHeight = 500; double dx = 0; double dy = 0; double len = 0; double t = 0; string profileUrl = null;

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  • The Settings of the MarbleWidget would need to default to some configuration that doesn't show all the planet-specific floatitems and properties (like the graticule, etc.)

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  • PC oscilloscope softwareTriggered or by digital time base, for connecting to be isolated for the crt was very high voltage, on the interface graticule: marked on the electron guns the digital oscilloscopes have third and the coil.

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  • Great word! Thanks, SarahCN. :-)

    September 27, 2007