Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A contact print of a drawing or other image rendered as white lines on a blue background, especially such a print of an architectural plan or technical drawing. Also called cyanotype.
  • n. A mechanical drawing produced by any of various similar photographic processes, such as one that creates blue or black lines on a white background.
  • n. A detailed plan of action. See Synonyms at plan.
  • n. A model or prototype.
  • transitive v. To make a blueprint of.
  • transitive v. To lay a plan for.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A type of paper-based reproduction process producing white-on-blue images, used primarily for technical and architecture's drawings, now largely replaced by other technologies.
  • n. A print produced with this process.
  • n. A detailed technical drawing (now often in some electronically storable and transmissible form).
  • n. Any detailed plan, whether literal or figurative.
  • v. To make a blueprint for.
  • v. To make a detailed operational plan for.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • See under print.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. something intended as a guide for making something else
  • v. make a blueprint of
  • n. photographic print of plans or technical drawings etc.

Etymologies

blue +‎ print (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In a video to more than 10 million campaign supporters on Saturday, Mr. Obama said he will lay out the path to achieve those goals—what he called a "blueprint for an American economy that's built to last."

    Obama Offers State of the Union Blueprint

  • Still, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis called on Congress to "come together" and pass the proposal, which she called a "blueprint for a stronger workforce, stronger economy and stronger recovery."

    Student Job-Training Key in Budget Plan

  • But what's missing from their blueprint is any commitment to the new philosophy Mr. Cameron once promised.

    The Cuts: A Crisis Wasted

  • Obama will describe what he calls a blueprint for an American economy "that's built to last," based on four main themes: a focus on American manufacturing, American energy, skills for American workers, and what Obama calls a "return to American values - of fairness for all, and responsibility from all."

    News - chicagotribune.com

  • In what he called a "blueprint for an American economy that's built to last," the president said manufacturing, energy, education and values would be the foundation for building an "economy that works for everyone, not just a wealthy few."

    CNN.com

  • IBM says the revision of its insurance industry framework - which it describes as a blueprint to address all three pillars of Solvency II - is complete and already being used by more than 150 insurers.

    Comments from all Computer Weekly blogs

  • The blueprint is what we use to track progress on the project.

    Lucid Community Progress | jonobacon@home

  • This policy blueprint is part of a larger campaign strategy by Republicans to take back control of the House.

    GOP to unveil campaign pledge after Labor Day

  • The government will now shift its focus to drafting a broad postquake reconstruction plan as well as a long-term blueprint to overhaul Japan's tax and social security systems by the end of June.

    Japan Passes Emergency Budget

  • Also, plenty of metaphors are used to compare the processes to things readers might be more used to, as when a gene is referred to as a protein blueprint or a “nuclear localization signal” is called a “ticket to the nucleus” or cancer cells are treated as gang members, disrupting the cell society.

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