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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
Related forms
blueprinter, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for blueprint
  • They control our body plan, the biological equivalent of a blueprint.
  • Scientists now are decoding the blueprint of human life.
  • Both groups appeared to be different variations of a common skeletal blueprint.
  • First you call up a blueprint on your computer screen and tinker with its shape and colour where necessary.
  • The full blueprint will not be released until next spring.
  • Change the blueprint and you change the protein's function.
  • The administration has reason to be pleased, since the bill largely mirrors the reform blueprint it had been pushing.
  • Ten committees are drafting a blueprint for government-and are finding agreement elusive.
  • It is also encouraging that a useful blueprint for reform-a starting-point, at any rate-is already to hand.
  • But its authors admit that much more would need to be done to produce a full blueprint ready for a shipyard to start building it.
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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