pantograph

noun

pan·​to·​graph ˈpan-tə-ˌgraf How to pronounce pantograph (audio)
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
pantographic adjective

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Mounted on a four-link, pantograph-style hydraulic mechanism, the oversize center section of the swim platform can cantilever upwards, revealing a tender and toy garage. Howard Walker, Robb Report, 6 May 2022 In one experiment, children were shown a somewhat complex device called a pantograph. Natalie Wexler, Forbes, 3 Jan. 2022 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 See More

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Word History

Etymology

French pantographe, from pant- + -graphe -graph

First Known Use

1723, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of pantograph was in 1723

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Cite this Entry

“Pantograph.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pantograph. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

pantograph

noun

pan·​to·​graph ˈpant-ə-ˌgraf How to pronounce pantograph (audio)
: an instrument for copying something (as a map) using a previously chosen scale

Medical Definition

pantograph

noun

pan·​to·​graph ˈpant-ə-ˌgraf How to pronounce pantograph (audio)
: 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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