What does prototype mean?

Definitions for prototype
ˈproʊ təˌtaɪppro·to·type

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. prototype, paradigm, epitome, imagenoun

    a standard or typical example

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

Wiktionary

  1. prototypenoun

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

  2. prototypenoun

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

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

  3. prototypenoun

    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. prototypenoun

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

  5. prototypeverb

    To create a prototype of.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Prototypenoun

    The original of a copy; exemplar; archetype.

    Etymology: prototype, Fr. πϱωτότυπον.

    Man is the prototype of all exact symmetry. Henry Wotton.

    The image and prototype were two distinct things; and therefore what belonged to the exemplar could not be attributed to the image. Edward Stillingfleet.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Prototypenoun

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

Freebase

  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".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Prototype

    prō′tō-tīp, n. the first or original type or model from which anything is copied: an exemplar: a pattern.—adjs. Prō′totypal, Prōtotyp′ical. [Fr.,—L.,—Gr., prōtos, first, typos, a type.]

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Entomology

  1. Prototype

    a primitive form to which later forms can be traced.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of prototype in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of prototype in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of prototype in a Sentence

  1. Engineer.AI:

    We’re removing one of the biggest bottlenecks, developing a prototype, which enables people to build confidence in their idea before they invest significant time and money. ~ Engineer.ai CEO

  2. Shuhei Yoshida:

    Our goal with VR is to deliver a sense of presence, making the player feel as though they've stepped inside the world of a game, the new Project Morpheus prototype brings us closer to that goal, as it improves the visual experience and tracking accuracy, both of which are critical to achieving sense of presence.

  3. Peet Sapsin:

    My wife drew them out on paper, and soon after, we built our first prototype.

  4. Bernhard Thomaszewski:

    It took us minutes to design these creatures, but hours to assemble them and days to produce parts on 3D printers, the fact is that it is both expensive and time-consuming to build a prototype—which underscores the importance of a design system such as ours, which produces a final design without the need for building multiple physical iterations.

  5. Clair Tindall:

    We are still in the prototype phase now. So we are iterating on the technology and building more features into the band. So I look forward to see what the full version will become this Fall.

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