Pantograph
Pantograph Pan"to*graph, n. [Panto- + -graph: cf. F. pantographe.] An instrument for copying plans, maps, and other drawings, on the same, or on a reduced or an enlarged, scale. [Written also {pantagraph}, and incorrectly {pentagraph}.] [1913 Webster]

2. An electrical conducting device consisting of a collapsible frame resembling a pantograph[1], connected to the top of an electrically-powered vehicle such as a trolley, and used to conduct electrical current between the vehicle and an overhead electric wire, which supplies the power to the vehicle. The variable height of the pantograph ensures that it can move to follow variations in the height of the overhead wires, and thus make constant contact with the wires. [PJC]

{Skew pantograph}, a kind of pantograph for drawing a copy which is inclined with respect to the original figure; -- also called {plagiograph}. [1913 Webster]


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  • Pantograph — (Storchschnabel), ein Instrument, das zu einer gegebenen Figur eine ähnliche oder auch eine kongruente Figur zeichnet, wenn ein Stift desselben auf der gegebenen Figur entlang geführt wird. Der in Fig. 1 schematisch dargestellte Pantograph… …   Lexikon der gesamten Technik

  • Pantograph — (v. gr.), Instrument, so v.w. Storchschnabel …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Pantograph — (v. gr.), so v.w. Storchschnabel 1) …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Pantograph — (griech.), s. Storchschnabel und Telegraph …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Pantograph — Pantogrāph (grch.), Storchschnabel, Instrument zum Übertragen einer Zeichnung oder Karte in einen andern (meist kleinern) Maßstab; von Christoph Scheiner 1603 erfunden und in dessen »Pantographia« (1635) beschrieben. Pantographīe, die Kunst, mit… …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Pantograph — Pantograph, griech. deutsch, was Storchschnabel …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • pantograph — [pan′tə graf΄] n. [Fr pantographe: see PANTO & GRAPH] 1. a mechanical device for reproducing a map, drawing, etc. on the same or a different scale, consisting of a framework of jointed rods in a roughly parallelogram form 2. any similar framework …   English World dictionary

  • Pantograph — A pantograph (from Greek roots παντ all, every and γραφ to write , from their original use for copying writing) is a mechanical linkage connected in a special manner based on parallelograms so that the movement of one specified point is an… …   Wikipedia

  • Pantograph — Sorensons Gravurpantograf um 1867 Mechanischer Pantograf …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Pantograph — Bügel (umgangssprachlich); Pantograf (fachsprachlich); Stromabnehmer; Allesschreiber; Storchschnabel; Pantograf * * * Pan|to|graph 〈m. 16〉 = Pantograf * * * Pantogr …   Universal-Lexikon

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