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
Recent Examples on the Web With SpaceX in charge of the blueprints, the capsule that arrived at the space station is unlike any vehicle that has visited before. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, "A Historic Moment at the International Space Station," 31 May 2020 SoftBank gained about 40% since Son revealed that blueprint, which is said to include unloading $14 billion of Alibaba stock for starters. Pavel Alpeyev,, "SoftBank’s Bet on Sharing Economy Backfires With Coronavirus," 8 May 2020 The Administration’s testing blueprint, announced Monday by the President in the White House Rose Garden, outlines how the federal government aims to help all 50 states. W.j. Hennigan, Time, "Trump Says U.S. Will Run 5 Million Daily Virus Tests 'Very Soon.' His Testing Chief Says That's Impossible," 29 Apr. 2020 At the workshop, the team is experimenting with designs, including an open-source blueprint from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). NBC News, "Booze, pot and online gambling surge as lockdowns continue," 23 Apr. 2020 Not afraid to get his hands dirty, the Oscar-winning actor gets right in there with the Scotts, looking over blueprints, wielding a hammer and tearing down walls to turn their vision into a reality. Hannah Chubb,, "Brad Pitt Tears Up in His HGTV Debut — and Gets Comforted by the Property Brothers!," 13 Apr. 2020 Working on behalf of Australian insurance company Budget Direct, the design team created the images with input from architects who studied old blueprints, paintings and other miscellaneous documents, reports Isaac Schultz for Atlas Obscura. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Watch Seven Medieval Castles’ Digital Reconstruction," 31 Mar. 2020 As the Stanford team readily admits, their paper is more a blueprint, or proof of concept, than an actual medical treatment ready for testing in animals or humans. Steven Levy, Wired, "Could Crispr Be Humanity's Next Virus Killer?," 18 Mar. 2020 Thanks to the Model 3, which follows the Model S blueprint at a lower price point, Tesla is on the cusp of selling its millionth vehicle despite producing only four models thus far, none of which has yet to see a second generation. Dave Vanderwerp, Car and Driver, "Porsche Taycan Turbo S vs. Tesla Model S Performance: Electric Flattery," 7 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of blueprint

1857, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Blueprint.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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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