ret·​i·​cle ˈre-ti-kəl How to pronounce reticle (audio)
: a scale on transparent material (as in an optical instrument) used especially for measuring or aiming

Examples of reticle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This scope is clear, tough, and bright, and the V-Brite reticle features an illuminated center dot for optimal performance in low-light conditions. T. Logan Metesh, Field & Stream, 4 Jan. 2024 Ball directions are handled through the left analog stick, which you’re forced to develop a subjective feel for because there’s no aiming reticle guiding your returns. Vulture, 7 Sep. 2023 The scope is offered with your choice of six different reticles, including intelligent reticles. T. Logan Metesh, Field & Stream, 2 Aug. 2023 The scope features a reticle with clear aiming points from 20 to 100 yards. Tony Hansen, Field & Stream, 30 Jan. 2023 The reticle has aiming points out to 100 yards. Tony Hansen, Field & Stream, 30 Jan. 2023 Cons of Iron Sights for Hunters Unlike optical sights, which put the reticle and the target in the same focal plane and require your eye to focus on only that plane, iron sights involve three focal planes: rear sight, front sight, and target. David E. Petzal, Field & Stream, 30 Jan. 2023 Where the reticle on the screen is, is exactly where the damage will be. Dallas News, 3 May 2022 That’s why, despite the extreme distance in the video, the sniper in the video can simply center the reticle on the enemy soldier and shoot. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 22 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History


Latin reticulum small net

First Known Use

circa 1731, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of reticle was circa 1731

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Cite this Entry

“Reticle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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