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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
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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.
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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.
In his most recent solo show, "Pensamento pantografico" (Pantographic Thought), he presented seventeen works, most produced this year, inspired by the pantograph, an articulated gadget invented in the seventeenth century for copying forms at different scales.
on the Togane Line as a pantograph on the day's first train had trouble at Naruto Station.
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A big thank you to Bushmaster for providing the gun, and Trinidad State Junior College for using their pantograph to personalize the gun for Jason.
Five minutes into the journey, vandals had thrown a chain over a bridge onto the overhead wires, the pantograph on the train caught it and pulled down nearly a quarter of a mile of cable.
Automatic cavity duplication, 2-D tracer lathes, EDM, precision-forming grinders, tape-controlled lathes, jig-boring machines and pantograph engraving units.
This model includes a large number of optional peripherals such as a satellite camera, an inclinometer, a SIMCO module for continuous deflection measurement, a motorized pantograph and dimensioning lasers.
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.