|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|
|3.||(tr) to make a blueprint of (a plan)|
type of print used for copying engineering drawings and similar material. The name is popularly applied to two separate methods, more exactly designated as the blueprint and the whiteprint, or diazotype. In blueprinting, the older method, the drawing to be copied, made on translucent tracing cloth or paper, is placed in contact with paper sensitized with a mixture of ferric ammonium citrate and potassium ferricyanide, which is then exposed to light. In the areas of the sensitized paper not obscured by the lines of the drawing, the light reduces the ferric salt to the ferrous state, in which it reacts with the potassium ferricyanide to form insoluble prussian blue. The exposed paper is then washed in water, producing a negative in which the lines of the drawing appear in white against a dark blue background
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