Definition of "pantograph" []

  • 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. (noun)
  • A similarly jointed framework, such as a power-collecting trolley on an electric locomotive or an extensible telephone arm. (noun)

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Use "pantograph" in a sentence
  • "Under the refit plan, the 57 Voyager trains used by CrossCountry would receive an additional carriage fitted with a pantograph, which is attached to the roof of a train and draws down electricity from overhead lines."
  • "The pantograph is a simple apparatus for copying drawings, maps, designs, etc., on a reduced or enlarged scale, or to the same size as the original."
  • "This kind of pantograph machine has long been the traditional means of manufacturing wooden figures in many of South Tyrol's valleys."