[ dahy-uh-graf, -grahf ]
/ ˈdaɪ əˌgræf, -ˌgrɑf /
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a device for drawing, used in reproducing outlines, plans, etc., mechanically on any desired scale.
a combined protractor and scale.



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Origin of diagraph

1840–50; <French diagraphe<Greek diagráphein to draw. See dia-, -graph
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Example sentences from the Web for diagraph

  • In the orthography of the Félibres the diagraph ue is used as we find it in Old French to represent this vowel.

    Frdric Mistral|Charles Alfred Downer

British Dictionary definitions for diagraph

/ (ˈdaɪəˌɡrɑːf, -ˌɡræf) /


a device for enlarging or reducing maps, plans, etc
a protractor and scale used in drawing

Word Origin for diagraph

C19: from French diagraphe, from Greek diagraphein to represent with lines; see diagram
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