blue·​print | \ ˈblü-ˌprint How to pronounce blueprint (audio) \

Definition of blueprint

1 : a photographic print in white on a bright blue ground or blue on a white ground used especially for copying maps, mechanical drawings, and architects' plans
2 : something resembling a blueprint (as in serving as a model or providing guidance) especially : a detailed plan or program of action a blueprint for victory

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Examples of blueprint in a Sentence

a blueprint for reforming the public school system an ambitious young man with a remarkably detailed blueprint for becoming a millionaire by the age of 25

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The blueprints focused on creating a grand entrance to the building in the center. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "History at the Capitol Rotunda, where McCain's casket will lie in state," 30 Aug. 2018 In 3-D printing, objects are built up in successive layers of metal or plastic powder, fused by lasers following digital blueprints. Daniel Michaels, WSJ, "Design Your Frames: 3-D Printing Comes to Eyewear," 11 Nov. 2018 Others see an embryo more as a rough blueprint for a baby than a baby itself. Elissa Strauss, Glamour, "The Great Frozen Embryo Debate," 11 Oct. 2018 Edward Cella Art & Architecture Many of his inventions got a real-world prototype, and all of them were the product of detailed line drawings that served as blueprints for his big ideas. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Buckminster Fuller made fancy posters for his greatest inventions," 6 Sep. 2018 Monday’s letter on Sempra appears to follow a similar blueprint. Mark Chediak And Jim Efstathiou Jr.,, "Investors are trying to overhaul Sempra. The message to other utilities: Stick to basics," 11 June 2018 The Saints are finally starting to follow the financial blueprint of many viable franchises. Larry Holder,, "Saints following successful strategy by leaning on young, inexpensive talent," 3 June 2018 The first, on April 27, follows a familiar blueprint, setting a popular standard (Shostakovich’s wrenching Symphony No. Fergus Mcintosh, The New Yorker, "L.A. Phil’s Superstar Conductor Returns to New York," 21 Apr. 2018 One of the main narrative threads in Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi follows that same blueprint… at first. Noel Murray, The Verge, "The Last Jedi Blu-ray is a chance to reevaluate the film’s divisive casino subplot," 30 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of blueprint

1857, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of blueprint

: a photographic print that shows how something (such as a building) will be made
: a detailed plan of how to do something


blue·​print | \ ˈblü-ˌprint How to pronounce blueprint (audio) \

Kids Definition of blueprint

1 : a photographic print made with white lines on a blue background and showing how something will be made
2 : a detailed plan of something to be done

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