: a diffraction grating made by ruling a plane metallic mirror with lines having a relatively wide spacing

Examples of echelle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The echelle spectrograph for rocky exoplanets and stable spectroscopic observations (ESPRESSO) is an excellent tool to make these observations. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, 28 Apr. 2020

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Word History


French, literally, ladder, from Old French eschele

First Known Use

1949, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of echelle was in 1949

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“Echelle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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