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[bloo-print] /ˈbluˌprɪnt/
a process of photographic printing, used chiefly in copying architectural and mechanical drawings, which produces a white line on a blue background.
a print made by this process.
a detailed outline or plan of action:
a blueprint for success.
verb (used with object)
to make a blueprint of or for.
Origin of blueprint
1885-90; blue + print
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blueprinter, noun Unabridged
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  • Also she liked him because he was imaginative—because he saw and sensed and properly understood without a diagram or a blueprint.

    The Valley of the Giants Peter B. Kyne
  • He was studying a blueprint, and this time he made no effort to break the silence.

    The Daughter of a Magnate Frank H. Spearman
  • Hold the piece of blueprint paper under your waist or coat, to keep it dark when you go into the light.

    Common Science Carleton W. Washburne
  • On the table before him was what appeared to be a rough map or blueprint.

    The Apartment Next Door William Andrew Johnston
  • Governor Hardy and the commander were studying a blueprint which was spread out on the desk.

    The Space Pioneers Carey Rockwell
British Dictionary definitions for blueprint


Also called cyanotype. a photographic print of plans, technical drawings, etc, consisting of white lines on a blue background
an original plan or prototype that influences subsequent design or practice: the Montessori method was the blueprint for education in the 1940s
(transitive) to make a blueprint of (a plan)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for blueprint

also blue-print, 1882, from blue (1) + print (n.). The process uses blue on white, or white on blue. Figurative sense of "detailed plan" is attested from 1926. As a verb by 1939.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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