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(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


  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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