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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
Between now and 2022, the two defense contractors will start nailing down the technologies necessary to bring the missile to life, demonstrate critical technology in prototypes, and complete preliminary design.
Skutchan hooked the Graphiti prototype to a camera with a special lens equipped to photograph the eclipse.
At the facility, faculty, students and community clients are encouraged to design, develop and test prototypes and provide technology solutions to the manufacturing industry.
But not far away, in another part of the lab, are large wooden prototypes for a speaker system Johnson experimented with.
In the absence of congressional funding, Homeland Security has moved $20 million from other programs to pay for the construction of several border wall prototypes like the ones planned for this summer in the San Diego area.
That shows companies are using 3D printing as a manufacturing process and not just as a way to make prototypes.
Ostrov has now created a prototype for such a device, using yeast.
In the decades since its founding, Manhattan Country School has become a prototype for private schools that embrace a public mission.
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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
First Known Use: 1552See Words from the same year
Synonymscase, exemplar, exemplification, illustration, instance, example, representative, sample, specimen
Antonymsdescendant (also descendent)
Related Wordsarchetype, classic, locus classicus, paradigm; cross section, microcosm; evidence, indication, manifestation, sign
Near Antonymsby-product, derivative, offshoot, outgrowth, spin-off; daughter, son
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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