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prototype

[ proh-tuh-tahyp ]
/ 藞pro蕣 t蓹藢ta瑟p /
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Definition of prototype

noun
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.
verb (used with object), pro路to路typed, pro路to路typ路ing.
to create the prototype or an experimental model of: to prototype a solar-power car.
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Origin of prototype

First recorded in 1595鈥1605; from New Latin pr艒totypon, from Greek pr艒t贸typon, noun use of neuter of pr艒t贸typos 鈥渙riginal鈥; see proto-, type

OTHER WORDS FROM prototype

pro路to路typ路i路cal [proh-tuh-tip-i-kuhl]; /藢pro蕣 t蓹藞t瑟p 瑟 k蓹l/; pro路to路typ路ic, pro路to路typ路al [proh-tuh-tip-uhl], /藢pro蕣 t蓹藞t瑟p 蓹l/, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH prototype

archetype, prototype
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British Dictionary definitions for prototype

prototype
/ (藞pr蓹蕣t蓹藢ta瑟p) /

noun
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

Derived forms of prototype

prototypal, prototypic (藢pr蓹蕣t蓹藞t瑟p瑟k) or prototypical, adjective
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Medical definitions for prototype

prototype
[ pr艒t蓹-t墨p鈥 ]

n.
A primitive or ancestral form or species.
The American Heritage庐 Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright 漏 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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