prototype

[proh-tuh-tahyp]
noun
1.
the original or model on which something is based or formed.
2.
someone or something that serves to illustrate the typical qualities of a class; model; exemplar: She is the prototype of a student activist.
3.
something analogous to another thing of a later period: a Renaissance prototype of our modern public housing.
4.
Biology. an archetype; a primitive form regarded as the basis of a group.
verb (used with object), prototyped, prototyping.
5.
to create the prototype or an experimental model of: to prototype a solar-power car.

Origin:
1595–1605; < Neo-Latin prōtotypon < Greek prōtótypon, noun use of neuter of prōtótypos original. See proto-, type

prototypal, prototypical [proh-tuh-tip-i-kuhl] , prototypic, adjective
prototypically, adverb

archetype, prototype.


1. pattern.
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prototype (ˈprəʊtəˌtaɪp)
 
n
1.  one of the first units manufactured of a product, which is tested so that the design can be changed if necessary before the product is manufactured commercially
2.  a person or thing that serves as an example of a type
3.  biology the ancestral or primitive form of a species or other group; an archetype
 
proto'typal
 
adj
 
prototypic
 
adj
 
proto'typical
 
adj

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prototype
1603, from Fr. prototype, from M.L. prototypon, from Gk. prototypon "a first or primitive form," prop. neut. sing. of prototypos "original, primitive," from protos "first" + typos "impression."
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prototype pro·to·type (prō'tə-tīp')
n.
A primitive or ancestral form or species.

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Growing up, they were the prototypical misfits, ostracized by the cool kids at school.
So in a way it was the prototypical platform app, but it was also a decentralized way to share information.
Quake's ability to work in areas from basic research to hot commercial markets make him a prototypical innovator.
The prototypical examples are the elliptic curves, which have a rich theory.
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