reticulate (adj.) 1650s, from L. reticulatus "having a net-like pattern," from reticulum "little net," dim. of rete "net," which probably is cognate with Lith. retis "sieve," and from either the root of L. rarus "thin" or another PIE root meaning "twist, bind." Reticular is attested from 1590s.

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  • Reticulate — Re*tic u*late, Reticulated Re*tic u*la ted, a. [L. reticulatus. See {Reticule}.] 1. Resembling network; having the form or appearance of a net; netted; as, a reticulated structure. [1913 Webster] 2. Having veins, fibers, or lines crossing like… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • reticulate — index intertwine Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • reticulate — [ri tik′yəlit; ] also, and for v.always [, ri tik′yəlāt΄] adj. [L reticulatus < reticulum: see RETICULE] 1. like a net or network; netlike 2. Bot. having the veins arranged like the threads of a net: said of leaves: Also reticulated vt.… …   English World dictionary

  • reticulate — I. adjective Etymology: Latin reticulatus, from reticulum Date: 1658 1. resembling a net or network; especially having veins, fibers, or lines crossing < a reticulate leaf > 2. being or involving evolutionary change dependent on genetic… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • reticulate —   v.t. mark with network like lines; a. like network.    ♦ reticular, a. net like; intricate.    ♦ reticulation, n. reticulate marking.    ♦ reticule, n. handbag, especially of net.    ♦ reticulose, a. reticulated.    ♦ reticulum, n. (pl.    ♦… …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • reticulate — adjective /rəˈtɪkjələt / (say ruh tikyuhluht) 1. netted; covered with a network. 2. net like. 3. Botany (of leaves, etc.) having the veins or nerves disposed like the threads of a net. –verb (reticulated, reticulating) –verb (t) /rəˈtɪkjəleɪt /… …   Australian English dictionary

  • reticulate — adj. [L. rete, net] Forming a network of obliquely intersecting linear ridges or lines; a network; cancellated; see retiform …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • reticulate — reticulately, adv. adj. /ri tik yeuh lit, layt /; v. /ri tik yeuh layt /, adj., v., reticulated, reticulating. adj. 1. netted; covered with a network. 2. netlike. 3. Bot. having the veins or nerves disposed like the threads of a net. v.t. 4. to… …   Universalium

  • reticulate — 1. adjective Network like in form or appearance. 2. verb a) To distribute or move via a network. b) To divide into or form a network …   Wiktionary

  • reticulate — (Order Isopoda): Resembling or forming a network [Kensley and Schotte, 1989] …   Crustacea glossary

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