[ pan-tuh-graf, -grahf ]
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  1. Also pan·ta·graph . an instrument for the mechanical copying of plans, diagrams, etc., on any desired scale.

  2. 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

First recorded in 1715–25; panto- + -graph

Other words from pantograph

  • pan·tog·ra·pher [pan-tog-ruh-fer], /pænˈtɒg rə fər/, noun
  • pan·to·graph·ic [pan-tuh-graf-ik], /ˌpæn təˈgræf ɪk/, pan·to·graph·i·cal, adjective
  • pan·to·graph·i·cal·ly, adverb
  • pan·tog·ra·phy, noun

Words Nearby pantograph Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use pantograph in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for pantograph


/ (ˈpæntəˌɡrɑːf) /

  1. an instrument consisting of pivoted levers for copying drawings, maps, etc, to any desired scale

  2. a sliding type of current collector, esp a diamond-shaped frame mounted on a train roof in contact with an overhead wire

  1. a device consisting of a parallelogram of jointed rods used to suspend a studio lamp so that its height can be adjusted

Derived forms of pantograph

  • pantographer (pænˈtɒɡrəfə), noun
  • pantographic (ˌpæntəˈɡræfɪk), adjective
  • pantographically, adverb
  • pantography, noun

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