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
The new 13,100 square foot CVS — a new prototype for the pharmacy chain with a stucco and brick façade — will be situated in front of the existing train station on Church Street, which will be vacated to accommodate the development.
But, in the latest twist in the ongoing saga, officials at the Department of Homeland Security said last night that Trump’s wall will finally have a foundation, and construction of prototypes will start this summer.
Roughly 460 companies replied to requests for proposals to build the wall prototypes, including 23 in San Diego County.
Andrew Luck -- Injuries are the only thing that have held back the 27-year-old Luck, the prototype for the big-time NFL quarterback. 5.
When Clayton displayed one of their prototypes in downtown Birmingham last spring, the company was flooded with calls from people interested in purchasing the home.
The government has selected the finalists for contracts to build wall prototypes in San Diego and is expected to announce the winners soon.
The prototype has four propellers on each of two wings that can rotate to a vertical position for takeoff and landing, like a helicopter, and to a horizontal position for level flight.
Lutz can play center field but MLB.com analyst Jim Callis sees him probably as a prototype right fielder with the coveted power batting from the right side.
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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: 1552See Words from the same year
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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