Pantograph

Noun

  • (rail transport) A similarly-formed conductive device, now usually Z-shaped, that collects electric current from overhead lines for trains and trams.
  • A pattern printed on a document to reduce the ease of photocopying.

    "I was impressed by the quality of the pantograph; I hadn't noticed it on the original, but the copies were covered in unpleasant lines."

  • A mechanical linkage based on parallelograms causing two objects to move in parallel; notably as a drawing aid.

    "A pantograph can be adjusted to make either scaled or exact copies."

Verb

  • To engrave by means of a pantograph (parallel linkage) system.

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