blue-print

blueprint

[bloo-print]
noun
1.
a process of photographic printing, used chiefly in copying architectural and mechanical drawings, which produces a white line on a blue background.
2.
a print made by this process.
3.
a detailed outline or plan of action: a blueprint for success.
verb (used with object)
4.
to make a blueprint of or for.

Origin:
1885–90; blue + print

blueprinter, noun
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blueprint (ˈbluːˌprɪnt)
 
n
1.  Also called: cyanotype a photographic print of plans, technical drawings, etc, consisting of white lines on a blue background
2.  an original plan or prototype that influences subsequent design or practice: the Montessori method was the blueprint for education in the 1940s
 
vb
3.  (tr) to make a blueprint of (a plan)

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blueprint
1886, from blue + print. Figurative sense of "detailed plan" is attested from 1926.
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