Definition of reticulate in English:


Pronunciation /rəˈtikyəˌlāt/ /rəˈtɪkjəˌleɪt/ /rəˈtikyələt/ /rəˈtɪkjələt/ /rəˈtikyəlāt/ /rəˈtɪkjəleɪt/

transitive verb

[with object]rare
  • Divide or mark (something) in such a way as to resemble a net or network.

    ‘the numerous canals and branches of the river reticulate the flat alluvial plain’
    • ‘Techniques for reticulating the target into an array of 19-m islands by ion-beam milling were then developed to minimize the thermal diffusion.’
    • ‘It also brings water from the Waikato, treats it, stores it, and reticulates it for under 50c a cubic metre.’
    • ‘Stevenson repeatedly reticulates the Highlands within a system of economic relationships to both its neighbors and a world market, tying regional distinctions to global forces.’
    • ‘In the late fifties when high pressure water was reticulated throughout Waimairi County use of the water wheel ceased and it fell into disrepair.’
    • ‘The company would also contract a power company to build 330 kv power line from Solwezi to the project site at Lumwana as well as reticulate that power to key activity areas.’


Botany Zoology
  • Arranged or marked like a net or network; reticulated.

    ‘Epidermal cells lack ectodesmata and have a thin, permeable, reticulate cuticle with associated swellings that coincide with the middle lamella between adjoining epidermal cells.’
    • ‘Prickles on the adaxial and abaxial leaflet surfaces of A. spinosa are associated with all reticulate vein orders.’
    • ‘In Arabidopsis roots, the transition from early to later stages of differentiation is characterized by the appearance of metaxylem, which is identified on the basis of reticulate rather than helical secondary cell wall thickenings.’
    • ‘The reticulate, blister, blister-pimple and pimple-foveate were the main patterns of the seed coats at different developmental stages.’
    • ‘Fine, lacy, white scale (Wickham's striae) adhere to well-developed papules, resembling a reticulate network of lichen.’


Mid 17th century from Latin reticulatus ‘reticulated’, from reticulum (see reticulum).