Definitions for pantographˈpæn təˌgræf, -ˌgrɑf

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pantograph(noun)

    mechanical device used to copy a figure or plan on a different scale


  1. Pantograph(n.)

    An electrical conducting device consisting of a collapsible frame resembling a pantograph, connected to the top of an electrically-powered vehicle such as a trolley, and used to conduct electrical current between the vehicle and an overhead electric wire, which supplies the power to the vehicle. The variable height of the pantograph ensures that it can move to follow variations in the height of the overhead wires, and thus make constant contact with the wires.

  2. Origin: [Panto- + -graph: cf. F. pantographe.]


  1. pantograph(Noun)

    A mechanical linkage based on parallelograms causing two objects to move in parallel; notably as a drawing aid.

    A pantograph can be adjusted to make either scaled or exact copies.

  2. pantograph(Noun)

    A pattern printed on a document to reduce the ease of photocopying.

    I was impressed by the quality of the pantograph; I hadn't noticed it on the original, but the copies were covered in unpleasant lines.

  3. pantograph(Noun)

    A similarly-formed conductive device, now usually Z-shaped, that collects electric current from overhead lines for trains and trams.

  4. Origin: From pantographe, from panto- (from παντός, genitive singular of πᾶν) and -graphe (from γράφειν)

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pantograph(noun)

    an instrument for copying plans, maps, and other drawings, on the same, or on a reduced or an enlarged, scale

  2. Origin: [Panto- + -graph: cf. F. pantographe.]


  1. Pantograph

    A pantograph is a mechanical linkage connected in a manner based on parallelograms so that the movement of one pen, in tracing an image, produces identical movements in a second pen. If a line drawing is traced by the first point, an identical, enlarged, or miniaturized copy will be drawn by a pen fixed to the other. Because of their effectiveness at translating motion in a controlled fashion, pantographs have come to be used as a type of motion guide for objects large and small. A common example of the use of a pantograph assembly as mechanical guide frame is the extension arm of an adjustable wall-mounted mirror.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Pantograph

    the name given to a contrivance for copying a drawing or a design on an enlarged or a reduced scale.

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