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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
Under their deal, a prototype was to be delivered for review within 9 months.
HotHouse inhabitants have access to mentors, venture capitalists and sources to help with prototypes.
The city has already launched an early prototype of the site at alpha.orlando.gov.
In the meantime, the process can be made to act as a prototype of a superconducting machine.
Ron Vitiello, acting deputy commissioner for Customs and Border Protection, said Thursday during a news briefing that the monthlong construction of eight prototypes along a section of Otay Mesa in southern San Diego County was complete.
The addition of these new prototypes would greatly deter that.
As seen from the Mexican side of the border in Tijuana, people work at the construction site of prototypes for President Trump's border wall with Mexico in San Diego.
The brothers took two years and piles of prototypes to nail the just-right fit and perfect the cut's signature crewneck.
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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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