Prototype meaning

prōtə-tīp
An original type, form, or instance serving as a basis or standard.
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The first thing or being of its kind; original; model; pattern; archetype.
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A typical example of a class or category.
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To create a prototype of.
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To make a prototype of (a product).
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A full-scale, operational model, used for demonstration or testing, that incorporates a new design or new features.
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An original object or form which is a basis for other objects, forms, or for its models and generalizations.
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An early sample or model built to test a concept or process.

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

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(semantics) 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.

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(computing) A declaration of a function that specifies the name, return type, and parameters but none of the body, or actual code.
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A person or thing that serves as a model for one of a later period.
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A perfect example of a particular type.
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The definition of a prototype is the original model.

An example of a prototype is the first model of a new robot.

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An original, full-scale, and usually working model of a new product or new version of an existing product.
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Origin of prototype

  • French from Greek prōtotupon from neuter of prōtotupos original prōto- proto- tupos model

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition