Definitions for Prototypeˈproʊ təˌtaɪp

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pro•to•typeˈproʊ təˌtaɪp(n.; v.)-typed, -typ•ing.

  1. (n.)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.

    Category: Biology

  6. (v.t.)to create a prototype of.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  7. (v.i.)to create prototypes.

Origin of prototype:

1595–1605; < NL prōtotypon < Gk prōtótypon, n. use of neut. of prōtótypos original. See proto -, type


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


  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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the first or original model from which others are copied.

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