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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 prototypes, which cost about $450,000 each on average, were paid for with money already in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s coffers.
Startup robotics companies are developing robot arm prototypes, for example, that can pick goods from shelves.
Border Protection awarded eight contracts to six companies to build the prototypes, the Republic reported.
Opened in April this is the prototype for a vast new renovation and expansion programme across Europe, Britain and America.
For now, there’s only a prototype, but Seufert sees a day soon when his company’s device is widely used in professional baseball, golf and tennis, maybe in Little League batting cages, and even in virtual games on computers.
Clinical validation of the prototype is underway in Florida clinics now, Simmons said.
The Salinger prototype represents cultural cachet for social-climber artistes Baumbach and Anderson.
After popping out of a 3-D mold—based on a prototype someone had to design, mind you—the shoes expand in seconds, not unlike a pasta extruder hypnotically spiraling out rotini.
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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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