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pro·to·type

 (prō′tə-tīp′)
n.
1. An original type, form, or instance serving as a basis or standard: "The abolitionists were the prototype of modern citizen activism" (Adam Hochschild).
2. An original, full-scale, and usually working model of a new product or new version of an existing product.
3. A typical example of a class or category: "He fit the prototype of the artist as social misfit and compulsive contrarian" (Stephen Holden).
tr.v. pro·to·typed, pro·to·typ·ing, pro·to·types
To make a prototype of (a product).

[French, from Greek prōtotupon, from neuter of prōtotupos, original : prōto-, proto- + tupos, model.]

pro′to·typ′al (-tī′pəl), pro′to·typ′ic (-tĭp′ĭk), pro′to·typ′i·cal (-ĭ-kəl) adj.

prototype

(ˈprəʊtəˌtaɪp)
n
1. (General Engineering) 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
2. a person or thing that serves as an example of a type
3. (Biology) biology the ancestral or primitive form of a species or other group; an archetype
ˌprotoˈtypal, prototypic, ˌprotoˈtypical adj

pro•to•type

(ˈproʊ təˌtaɪp)

n., v. -typed, -typ•ing. n.
1. the original or model on which something is based or formed; pattern.
2. someone or something that serves as a typical example of a class; model; exemplar.
3. something analogous to a thing of a later period: a Renaissance prototype of modern public housing.
4. a first or experimental working model of something to be manufactured, usu. on a large scale.
5. Biol. a primitive form regarded as the original or basic type.
v.t.
6. to create a prototype of.
v.i.
7. to create prototypes.
[1595–1605; < New Latin prōtotypon < Greek prōtótypon, n. use of neuter of prōtótypos original. See proto-, type]
pro`to•typ′i•cal (-ˈtɪp ɪ kəl) pro`to•typ′ic, pro′to•typ`al (-ˌtaɪ pəl) adj.
pro`to•typ′i•cal•ly, adv.

prototype

A model suitable for evaluation of design, performance, and production potential.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.prototype - a standard or typical exampleprototype - a standard or typical example; "he is the prototype of good breeding"; "he provided America with an image of the good father"
example, model - a representative form or pattern; "I profited from his example"
concentrate - a concentrated example of something; "the concentrate of contemporary despair"
imago - (psychoanalysis) an idealized image of someone (usually a parent) formed in childhood

prototype

noun original, model, precedent, first, example, standard, paradigm, archetype, mock-up He has built a prototype of a machine called the wave rotor. the prototype aircraft

prototype

noun
A first form from which varieties arise or imitations are made:
Translations
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prototype

[ˈprəʊtəʊtaɪp] Nprototipo m

prototype

[ˈprəʊtəʊtaɪp] nprototype m

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nPrototyp m

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[ˈprəʊtəʊˌtaɪp] nprototipo

prototype

(ˈprəutətaip) noun
the first or original model from which others are copied.

pro·to·type

n. prototipo, modelo, ejemplo.
References in classic literature ?
The mimic animal, which had advanced a little, retired slowly in his front, until it arrived again at the pass, when, rearing on his hinder legs, it beat the air with its paws, in the manner practised by its brutal prototype.
Not a rich flower upon her head, not a single leaf, but had had its prototype in Drowne's wooden workmanship, although now their fragile grace had become flexible, and was shaken by every footstep that the wearer made.
His light clothes, though frayed with his adventures, were of fine and almost foppish cut, and he wore a pointed beard, or imperial, perhaps as a further reminiscence of Louis Napoleon; but he was a much taller and more graceful man that his prototype.
In the blood lust of his fury the creature had undergone a sudden reversion to type, which left him a wild beast, forgetful of the dagger that projected from his belt--thinking only of nature's weapons with which his brute prototype had battled.
Then Soto came gliding noiselessly into the room, fully dressed, with tireless eyes but wan face,--Soto, the prototype of his master, the most perfect secretary and servant evolved through all the years.
Squat and lean at the same time, asymmetrically limbed, string-muscled as if with lengths of cordage, dirt-caked from infancy save for casual showers, she was as unbeautiful a prototype of woman as he, with a scientist's eye, had ever gazed upon.
They believe that every race which breeds true, let the distinctive characters be ever so slight, has had its wild prototype.
Yet she could not shake off the instinctive fear that arose in her--man's inheritance from the wild and howling ages when his hairy, apelike prototype was afraid of the dark and personified the elements into things of fear.
Duson entered the sitting-room, noiseless as ever, with pale, passionless face, the absolute prototype of the perfect French servant, to whom any expression of vigorous life seems to savour of presumption.
The resemblance between the American borderer and his European prototype is singular, though not always uniform.
The geologist has discovered that the figures of serpents, griffins, flying dragons, and other fanciful embellishments of heraldry, have their prototypes in the forms of fossil species which were extinct before man was created, and hence "indicate a faint and shadowy knowledge of a previous state of organic existence.
The shapes which now seemed hastening to join the mysterious procession were recognized rather by striking peculiarities of dress, or broad characteristics of manner, than by any perceptible resemblance of features to their prototypes.