pantograph

noun
pan·​to·​graph | \ ˈpan-tə-ˌgraf How to pronounce pantograph (audio) \

Definition of pantograph

1 : an instrument for copying something (such as a map) on a predetermined scale consisting of four light rigid bars jointed in parallelogram form also : any of various extensible devices of similar construction (as for use as brackets or gates)
2 : an electrical trolley carried by a collapsible and adjustable frame

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Other Words from pantograph

pantographic \ ˌpan-​tə-​ˈgra-​fik How to pronounce pantograph (audio) \ adjective

Examples of pantograph in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Yet these monumental sculptures come together in a markedly different method than those of Rodin and other sculptors circa 1900, who would start with a clay figure and then duplicate it at larger scale by use of a pantograph. Jason Farago, New York Times, 4 Mar. 2021 The layout and size are fine, but its pantograph keys are really mushy and unresponsive and just don’t feel good to type on. Sam Byford, The Verge, 1 Aug. 2019 Also Friday, Noland talked about a Jan. 14 incident in which an eastbound train's pantograph broke and got tangled in the overhead electrical wires just outside the Dune Park station, creating a shower of sparks and electric arcing atop a train car. Tim Zorn, Post-Tribune, 28 Jan. 2018 The operator then controlled the Turk by means of a 'pantograph' device that synchronized his arm movements with those of the wooden Turk. Kat Eschner, Smithsonian, 20 July 2017 The operator then controlled the Turk by means of a 'pantograph' device that synchronized his arm movements with those of the wooden Turk. Kat Eschner, Smithsonian, 20 July 2017 The operator then controlled the Turk by means of a 'pantograph' device that synchronized his arm movements with those of the wooden Turk. Kat Eschner, Smithsonian, 20 July 2017 The operator then controlled the Turk by means of a 'pantograph' device that synchronized his arm movements with those of the wooden Turk. Kat Eschner, Smithsonian, 20 July 2017 The pantograph can connect and disconnect automatically with the contact line via a sensor system while the trucks are moving. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, 10 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of pantograph

1723, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pantograph

French pantographe, from pant- + -graphe -graph

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The first known use of pantograph was in 1723

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“Pantograph.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pantograph. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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pantograph

noun
pan·​to·​graph | \ ˈpant-ə-ˌgraf How to pronounce pantograph (audio) \

Medical Definition of pantograph

: an instrument for copying (as from a radiograph) on a predetermined scale consisting of four light rigid bars jointed in parallelogram form

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