reticule

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See also: réticule and réticulé

English[edit]

Embroidered reticule

Etymology[edit]

French réticule, from Latin reticulum.

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reticule (plural reticules)

  1. A reticle; a grid in the eyepiece of an instrument. [from 18th c.]
    • 2017: "The Legend of WWII’s Bombsight Rapunzel" by Eric Grundhauser
      [H]er hair had been used to create the reticule in the famous Norden bombsight—a top-secret WWII targeting device.
  2. A small women's bag made of a woven net-like material. [from 19th c.]
    • 1859, Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities, Book 3, Chapter 8,[1]
      Miss Pross, exploring the depths of her reticule through her tears with great difficulty, paid for her wine.
    • 1993, TC Boyle, The Road to Wellville, Penguin, published 1994, page 150:
      Eleanor wore a green silk dress to bring out here eyes, with an ivory tatted collar and reticule to match.
    • 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 606,[2]
      Pléiade [] lingered through another bottle of wine before producing from her reticule a Vacheron & Constantin watch [] .

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