Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Resembling or forming a net or network.
  • adjective Relating to or being an evolutionary process that involves the exchange of genes between organisms of different species, as in the formation of a new species through hybridization.
  • intransitive verb To make a net or network of.
  • intransitive verb To mark with lines resembling a network.
  • intransitive verb To form a net or network.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To form into network; cover with intersecting lines resembling network
  • In zoology, to cross irregularly so as to form meshes like those of a net: as, lines which reticulate on a surface.
  • Netted; resembling network; having distinct lines or veins crossing as in network; covered with netted lines.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Resembling network; having the form or appearance of a net; netted.
  • adjective Having veins, fibers, or lines crossing like the threads or fibers of a network
  • adjective ornamental ware made from glass in which one set of white or colored lines seems to meet and interlace with another set in a different plane.
  • adjective a micrometer for an optical instrument, consisting of a reticule in the focus of an eyepiece.
  • adjective (Masonry) work constructed with diamond-shaped stones, or square stones placed diagonally.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Network-like in form or appearance.
  • verb transitive To distribute or move via a network.
  • verb transitive To divide into or form a network.
  • verb intransitive To create a network.

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

  • adjective resembling or forming a network
  • verb distribute by a network, as of water or electricity
  • verb divide so as to form a network
  • verb form a net or a network

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin rēticulātus, from rēticulum, diminutive of rēte, net.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin rēticulātus ("reticulated, net-like").

Examples

  • The redness develops in a particular pattern, as seen in the photo, called reticulate or net like.

    Gizmodo

  • The phylogenetic expression of ambiguity is reticulate evolution.

    A Disclaimer for Behe?

  • Andrea Lucky A new reddish-brown ant, Lordomyrma reticulate, was found in 2008, expanding the range of the genus to include Southeast Asia.

    Borneo

  • The structure of living species, then, is not so much dendritic as reticulate.

    Archive 2009-01-01

  • This could be interpreted as a linear representation of history (a directed, non-reticulate network), or, as Hennig intended, as a non-nested hierarchy with ancestor-descendant relationship as the organizational criterion.

    A New Book

  • This could be interpreted as a linear representation of history (a directed, non-reticulate network), or, as Hennig intended, as a non-nested hierarchy with ancestor-descendant relationship as the organizational criterion.

    A New Book

  • In reticulate evolution, there is no unique notion of genealogical descent: genetic content can be distributed collectively.

    A Disclaimer for Behe?

  • This could be interpreted as a linear representation of history (a directed, non-reticulate network), or, as Hennig intended, as a non-nested hierarchy with ancestor-descendant relationship as the organizational criterion.

    A New Book

  • At times, reefs are identified by additional terms such as deltaic, cuspate, and reticulate.

    Coral reef

  • Any amount of reticulate evolution during that split would be hard to assess, and easily obscured by strong, divergent selection on the dog lineages.

    Controversial origins of the domestic dog

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  • "My right hand saves what my left burns

    as if what's left—that black cloud, those few

    reticulate, neglected trees—could be kept

    where everything but what you want is free."

    -from "Spring Thaw" by Cynthia Zarin, in The Ada Poems, p 19

    June 5, 2011