Skew 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 — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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

  • pantagraph — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pentagraph — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • plagiograph — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • plagiograph — ˈplājēəˌgraf, rȧf noun Etymology: plagi + graph : a pantograph that may be set at any angle to the drawing to be copied called also skew pantograph …   Useful english dictionary

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