• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Telautograph A facsimile telegraph for reproducing writing, pictures, maps, etc. In the transmitter the motions of the pencil are communicated by levers to two rotary shafts, by which variations in current are produced in two separate circuits. In the receiver these variations are utilized by electromagnetic devices and levers to move a pen as the pencil moves.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n telautograph The name given by Elisha Gray to his form of writing- or copying-telegraph. This telegraph can be used to reproduce in facsimile either the handwriting of the person sending the message, or any picture or drawing which can be made with a pen. The transmitting-pen is connected by cords to mechanism by means of which the motions of the pen cause a pulsatory current to pass into two telegraph-line wires. These pulsatory currents produce rapid pulsatory motion of the armatures of a system of electromagnets, by means of which the receiving-pen is caused to follow the motions of the transmitter. Another electromagnetic arrangement lifts the receiving-pen off the paper at the end of each word or line, and still another serves to move the paper forward for the next line.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Telautograph te-law′tō-graf a writing or copying telegraph, invented by Elisha Gray, for reproducing writings at a distance.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. th^le far + autograph,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. tēle, far, autos, self, graphein, to write.


In literature:

But we have just received a telautographic message saying he is on his way.
"Red Masquerade" by Louis Joseph Vance
The telautograph begins to stutter and we gaze at it feverishly.
"Plum Pudding" by Christopher Morley
In 1893 there was exhibited in the electrical building at the World's Fair an instrument invented by the writer called the Telautograph.
"Electricity and Magnetism" by Elisha Gray
Elisha Gray, who contested with Bell the invention of the telephone, was the inventor of a peculiar machine called the telautograph.
"Great Inventions and Discoveries" by Willis Duff Piercy
Of modern systems for the transmission of pictures the most successful, probably, are the Korn telautograph and the Thorn-Baker telectrograph.
"Marvels of Scientific Invention" by Thomas W. Corbin
The receiver is vertical and forms the upright and back portion of the telautograph.
"The Romance of Modern Invention" by Archibald Williams

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