- Also pantagraph. an instrument for the mechanical copying of plans, diagrams, etc., on any desired scale.
- Electricity. a device usually consisting of two parallel, hinged, double-diamond frames, for transferring current from an overhead wire to a vehicle, as a trolley car or electric locomotive.
Origin of pantograph
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The pantograph, the pendulum, the brumbo pulley, the reducing wheel.Farm Engines and How to Run Them
James H. Stephenson
Scheiner suggested and planned the optical experiment which bears his name, and also invented the pantograph.The Jesuits, 1534-1921
Thomas J. Campbell
Luke moved the pantograph pointer, again and again, until it touched Weaver's robed body.
Weaver was glad it was Luke whose hand was guiding the pantograph, not one of the bright, efficient younger generation.
The pantograph pointer moved down the side of God's nose and another wedge of stone fell in the plaza.
- an instrument consisting of pivoted levers for copying drawings, maps, etc, to any desired scale
- a sliding type of current collector, esp a diamond-shaped frame mounted on a train roof in contact with an overhead wire
- a device consisting of a parallelogram of jointed rods used to suspend a studio lamp so that its height can be adjusted
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