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1. An instrument for copying a plane figure to a desired scale, consisting of styluses for tracing and copying mounted on four jointed rods in the form of a parallelogram with extended sides.
2. A similarly jointed framework, such as a power-collecting trolley on an electric locomotive or an extensible telephone arm.

[Greek panto-, all; see pantomime + -graph.]

pan′to·graph′ic adj.




1. (Tools) an instrument consisting of pivoted levers for copying drawings, maps, etc, to any desired scale
2. (Railways) a sliding type of current collector, esp a diamond-shaped frame mounted on a train roof in contact with an overhead wire
3. (Broadcasting) a device consisting of a parallelogram of jointed rods used to suspend a studio lamp so that its height can be adjusted
pantographer n
pantographic adj
ˌpantoˈgraphically adv
panˈtography n


(ˈpæn təˌgræf, -ˌgrɑf)

1. an instrument for the mechanical copying of maps or diagrams on any desired scale.
2. a device for transferring current from an overhead wire to a vehicle, as an electric locomotive.
pan•tog′ra•phy (-ˈtɒg rə fi) n.


a mechanical device for making copies of plans or drawings on a scale different from that of the original. — pantographic, adj.
See also: Copying
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pantograph - mechanical device used to copy a figure or plan on a different scalepantograph - mechanical device used to copy a figure or plan on a different scale
mechanical device - mechanism consisting of a device that works on mechanical principles


nPantograf m


[ˈpæntəˌgrɑːf] n (Rail, Tech) → pantografo
References in classic literature ?
Sometimes he copied on paper the involved and delicate pattern left by the ball of the finger, and then vastly enlarged it with a pantograph so that he could examine its web of curving lines with ease and convenience.
Quilting can be grouped into three basic styles: free-motion, pantograph and custom.
Electric trains collect 25kV via a pantograph, a sprung, roof-mounted device that exerts a light upward pressure on the conductor wire to maintain contact.
According to Scania, its hybrid truck receives electrical power from a pantograph power collector that is mounted on the frame behind its cab.
Pantograph is a device that is mounted on the train's roof and it is used to collect the energy from the catenary.
The core of the system is an intelligent pantograph combined with a hybrid drive system.
THERE was utter chaos at the suburban Diva station on the Central Railways on Friday after a local train's pantograph snapped, resulting in disruption of services.
For greater efficiency and productivity, the ETR 340/335d series of pantograph reach trucks uses high capacity retention that allows loads to be staged at higher rack levels.
The Jungheinrich ETR 340-335d series of pantograph reach trucks offer capacities from 3,500 to 4,500 pounds and lift loads up to 450 inches to maximize storage space.
Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks recently introduced its new generation of reach trucks, the ESR15N-Generation electric 24V Reach Truck, featuring Alternating Current (AC) traction, a heavy-duty mast with its pantograph design, and ergonomic operator control handle, which combine to provide advanced operator performance and reliability.
Pantograph engravers use a mechanical linkage to guide a rotating cutter as the operator follows a template that replicates the desired design.