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[bloo-print] /ˈbluˌprɪnt/
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
1885-1890
1885-90; blue + print
Related forms
blueprinter, noun
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Examples 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

blueprint

/ˈbluːˌprɪnt/
noun
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
verb
3.
(transitive) to make a blueprint of (a plan)
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Word Origin and History for blueprint
n.

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.

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Encyclopedia Article for blueprint

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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