ret·​i·​cle | \ ˈre-ti-kəl How to pronounce reticle (audio) \

Definition of reticle

: 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 is a reference to controller players repeatedly tapping the L2 button to snap their aiming reticle to an opponent. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Fortnite removes abusable “legacy” aim assist for controller players," 9 Mar. 2020 What’s more, your shaking hand and displayed targeting reticle only serve to emphasize how grainy your Space Zoom shot is going to be thanks to the simulated nature of the zoom function. Patrick Lucas Austin, Time, "Review: The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Can't Deliver On All the Hype," 4 Mar. 2020 Competition reticles get very complicated very quickly. Michael R. Shea, Field & Stream, "The 10 Best Rimfire Scopes for Any Budget," 3 Jan. 2020 One listing includes a shirt depicting a reticle focused on Epstein with both Bill and Hillary Clinton next to him. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "eBay and Shopify pull listings on Jeffrey Epstein-inspired merch," 19 Aug. 2019 The Mark 13 uses the Nightforce ATACR rifle scope with Horus Tremor3 reticle. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "U.S. Marines Are Finally Getting a New Sniper Rifle," 4 Apr. 2018 The reticle features marks for quickly estimating range to target, compensating for bullet drop and accounting for wind shift. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "U.S. Marines Are Finally Getting a New Sniper Rifle," 4 Apr. 2018 Ammunition counts and targeting reticles are stamped into your virtual mind's eye, and peripheral vision is replaced by red semicircles and dinky little grenade icons pointing to incoming threats. Erik Sofge, Popular Mechanics, "Why 3D Doesn't Work for TV, But Is Great for Gaming: Analysis," 11 Mar. 2010

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First Known Use of reticle

circa 1731, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for reticle

Latin reticulum small net

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“Reticle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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