- the original or model on which something is based or formed.
- someone or something that serves to illustrate the typical qualities of a class; model; exemplar: She is the prototype of a student activist.
- something analogous to another thing of a later period: a Renaissance prototype of our modern public housing.
- Biology. an archetype; a primitive form regarded as the basis of a group.
- to create the prototype or an experimental model of: to prototype a solar-power car.
Origin of prototype
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Examples from the Web for prototype
The FC-31 prototype was hidden except when it was flying, and not much detail was available.How China Will Track—and Kill—America’s Newest Stealth Jets
December 2, 2014
The prototype Land Rover was designed by a Jeep owner and built on a Jeep chassis.Nationalism on Four Wheels
October 18, 2014
Was I looking at the real me or just a reflection in the funhouse mirror of my prototype iPhone 6?Aubrey Plaza’s Great Disconnect
August 15, 2014
The 1941 Chrysler Thunderbolt was produced in five different colors during its prototype tour, and the cars were later sold.Dreaming Up the Cars of the Future
July 10, 2014
In 2009, the Federal Highway Administration (FHA) awarded Solar Roadways a contract to construct a prototype.Pave the Roads With Solar Panels?
The Daily Beast
June 3, 2014
Who is this ancient teacher or who is his prototype if he is an ideal being?
Xenophon's own strategy in the Anabasis is probably the prototype.
Prototype, when Agesilaus meditated the advance on Persia, just before his recall.
Prototype, a procession to Eleusis or elsewhere: the Panathenaic, possibly.
It has served as a prototype of most ancient and modern books.
- one of the first units manufactured of a product, which is tested so that the design can be changed if necessary before the product is manufactured commercially
- a person or thing that serves as an example of a type
- biology the ancestral or primitive form of a species or other group; an archetype
Word Origin and History for prototype
c.1600, from French prototype (16c.) and directly from Medieval Latin prototypus "original, primitive," from Greek prototypon "a first or primitive form," noun use of neuter singular of prototypos "original, primitive," from protos "first" (see proto-) + typos "impression, mold, pattern" (see type (n.)). In English from 1590s as prototypon.
- A primitive or ancestral form or species.