Definition of prototype in English:


Syllabification: pro·to·type
Pronunciation: /ˈprōdəˌtīp


1A first, typical or preliminary model of something, especially a machine, from which other forms are developed or copied: the firm is testing a prototype of the weapon the prototype of all careerists is Judas
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  • One big drawback: the prototype emission control device they tested cost thousands of dollars.
  • This device, at the prototype stage, is expected to cost $20 and act as a Web access device.
  • By late 1937 he had designed, built and successfully tested both a semiauto rifle and a prototype light machine gun.
1.1The archetypal example of a class of living organisms, astronomical objects, or other items: these objects are the prototypes of a category of rapidly spinning neutron stars
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  • There are various explanatory reasons, so obvious in hindsight that their suppression must be regarded as an original prototype of political correctness.
  • The Gaelscoil building will be a pilot project to the latest specifications with the eventual design to be used as a prototype for the design of schools of its size nationally.
  • The earlier, topic-based discussion attempts to establish a taxonomy of structural prototypes and gestural categories, from which follow readings of a group of works.
original, first example/model, master, mold, template, framework, mock-up, pattern, sample;
design, guide, blueprint
1.2 Electronics A basic filter network with specified cutoff frequencies, from which other networks may be derived to obtain sharper cutoffs, constancy of characteristic impedance with frequency, etc.


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Make a prototype of (a product).
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  • We are exploring the technology and prototyping the radio systems we are inventing.
  • A word of caution is necessary with regard to prototyping - prototyping everything that is unknown or fuzzy can be impossible or prohibitively expensive.
  • Next game, we will focus more on prototyping gameplay earlier and worrying less about the graphics since we are now confident we can do a good job of it.


late 16th century (denoting the original of which something else is a copy or derivative): via French or late Latin from Greek prōtotupos (see proto-, type).



Pronunciation: /ˌprōtəˈtīpəl/
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  • Their unitards had panels of material attached to them, like vestigial or prototypal skirts, sleeves, aprons.


Pronunciation: /ˌprōtəˈtipik/
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  • The Barbican kitchen is a prototypic solution to a problem formulated by a designer.
  • They show that, as early as 1938, he had begun a deliberate attempt to subject another multiple allelic series to a recombination analysis, namely that of bithorax, whose prototypic allele, bx, he had discovered in 1915.
  • These books transmit the disturbing concept that there is a ‘normal’ or prototypic, standard anatomy and disregard, in most cases, the more important clinically useful anatomy.


Pronunciation: /ˌprōtəˈtipikəl/
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  • Its proof by induction is now considered a prototypical classic.
  • Another factor that may be relevant is notions about prototypical exemplars of the four categories.
  • Significantly, it is the city which becomes the prototypical site of these wanderings in nearly all of his narratives.


Pronunciation: /ˌprōtəˈtipik(ə)lē/
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  • It is a fundamental error for late modern plural societies that contain so many different ways of life to attempt a transplantation of prototypically political issues into the realm of fundamental rights.
  • A modest and prototypically Canadian collection of twangy, country indie-rock, it doesn't have anything particularly new or grandstanding to offer but offers it well enough.
  • Mona's question about ‘blue jeans’ is simultaneously a reference to the most prototypically American garment and to the system of global capitalism that has made it so popular in other countries.

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