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noun Automotive Slang.
  1. the procedure of improving the performance of an engine by dismantling and then rebuilding the reciprocating parts so that they meet exact tolerances.
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Origin of blueprinting

1815–25, for literal sense; blueprint + -ing1


  1. a process of photographic printing, used chiefly in copying architectural and mechanical drawings, which produces a white line on a blue background.
  2. a print made by this process.
  3. a detailed outline or plan of action: a blueprint for success.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to make a blueprint of or for.
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Origin of blueprint

First recorded in 1885–90; blue + print
Related formsblue·print·er, noun
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Related Words for blueprinting

planning, design, architecture, metallurgy, tailor, organize, determine, prepare, schedule, provide, promote, manage, negotiate, construct, resolve, decide, draft, establish, plot, form

British Dictionary definitions for blueprinting


  1. Also called: cyanotype a photographic print of plans, technical drawings, etc, consisting of white lines on a blue background
  2. an original plan or prototype that influences subsequent design or practicethe Montessori method was the blueprint for education in the 1940s
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  1. (tr) to make a blueprint of (a plan)
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Word Origin and History for blueprinting



also blue-print, 1882, from blue (1) + print (n.). The process uses blue on white, or white on blue. Figurative sense of "detailed plan" is attested from 1926. As a verb by 1939.

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