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 original prototype was donated to the Smithsonian Institution in 2002.
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;
The pair took their prototype to the program's lab, and after months of research and tests, Kerr and Theis departed for Ecuador and Swaziland, respectively, and another team took their engineering epiphany to Malawi.
The market is part permanent trade show, part supply stop for people who suddenly need some capacitors or connectors for a prototype or last-minute project, part swap meet where traders unload surplus components.
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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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