Definition of graticule in English:


Line breaks: grati|cule
Pronunciation: /ˈgratɪkjuːl


  • 1A network of lines representing meridians and parallels, on which a map or plan can be represented.
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    • 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.
  • 1.1A 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.
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    • Female body size (pronotum width) was measured using the eyepiece graticule in a binocular microscope.
    • Diameters at 1-4 mm behind the root apex were measured using a stereo microscope with an eyepiece graticule.
    • 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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