Definition of prototype
1 : an original model on which something is patterned : archetype
2 : an individual that exhibits the essential features of a later type
3 : a standard or typical example
4 : a first full-scale and usually functional form of a new type or design of a construction (such as an airplane)
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Examples of prototype in a sentence
They tested the prototype of the car.
He is developing a prototype for his invention.
He is the prototype of a conservative businessman.
The Sherlock Holmes stories are the prototypes of modern detective stories.
Recent Examples of prototype from the web
Edison’s innovation was longer lasting, evolving to illuminate the modern world, but Swan’s elegant lamp prototype, which burned for only about 40 hours, was a shapely marvel.
About 50 of them were made as prototypes and distributed in New Zealand (where the Temptations treats are known as Dreamies).
Miami could be a prototype for other endangered American coastal cities and ports, including Boston; Charleston, S.C.; Galveston, Tex.
Courtesy Kleindienst Group Plans for the villas were first released last year—and now a prototype has been built.
What was once a vision relegated to The Jetsons and Back to the Future is now a number of legitimate prototypes being road (and sky) tested, with one possibly going on sale as early as this year.
Volkswagen, the German automaker under scrutiny for cheating on diesel emissions tests, is also expected to introduce a prototype of a new electric vehicle.
The DB10 will face-off against a Jaguar C-X75, another car unavailable to the public (Jaguar cancelled production in 2012, though continued building five prototypes).
Each watch is engraved with the name of the prototype plane, the HB-SIA. $7,950;
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Did You Know?
The prefix prot-, or proto-, comes from Greek and has the basic meaning "first in time" or "first formed." A prototype is someone or something that serves as a model or inspiration for those that come later. A successful fund-raising campaign can serve as a prototype for future campaigns. The legendary Robin Hood, the "prototypical" kindhearted and honorable outlaw, has been the inspiration for countless other romantic heroes. And for over a century, Vincent van Gogh has been the prototype of the brilliant, tortured artist who is unappreciated in his own time.
Origin and Etymology of prototype
French, from Greek prōtotypon, from neuter of prōtotypos archetypal, from prōt- + typos type
First Known Use: 1552
PROTOTYPE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of prototype for English Language Learners
: an original or first model of something from which other forms are copied or developed
: someone or something that has the typical qualities of a particular group, kind, etc.
: a first or early example that is used as a model for what comes later
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