Definitions for Prototypeˈproʊ təˌtaɪp

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. prototype, paradigm, epitome, image(noun)

    a standard or typical example

    "he is the prototype of good breeding"; "he provided America with an image of the good father"


  1. prototype(Noun)

    An original object or form which is a basis for other objects, forms, or for its models and generalizations

  2. prototype(Noun)

    An early sample or model built to test a concept or process

    The prototype had loose wires and rough edges, but it worked.

  3. prototype(Noun)

    An instance of a category or a concept that combines its most representative attributes.

    A robin is a prototype of a bird; a penguin is not.

  4. prototype(Noun)

    A declaration of a function that specifies the name, return type, and parameters but none of the body, or actual code.

  5. prototype(Verb)

    To create a prototype of.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Prototype(noun)

    an original or model after which anything is copied; the pattern of anything to be engraved, or otherwise copied, cast, or the like; a primary form; exemplar; archetype

  2. Origin: [F., from L. prototypus original, primitive, Gr. , ; first + type, model. See Proto-, and Type]


  1. Prototype

    A prototype is an early sample or model built to test a concept or process or to act as a thing to be replicated or learned from. It is a term used in a variety of contexts, including semantics, design, electronics, and software programming. A prototype is designed to test and trial a new design to enhance precision by system analysts and users. Prototyping serves to provide specifications for a real, working system rather than a theoretical one. The word prototype derives from the Greek πρωτότυπον, "primitive form", neutral of πρωτότυπος, "original, primitive", from πρῶτος, "first" and τύπος, "impression".

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