from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An original type, form, or instance serving as a basis or standard for later stages.
- n. An original, full-scale, and usually working model of a new product or new version of an existing product.
- n. An early, typical example.
- n. Biology A form or species that serves as an original type or example.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An original object or form which is a basis for other objects, forms, or for its models and generalizations
- n. An early sample or model built to test a concept or process
- n. An instance of a category or a concept that combines its most representative attributes.
- n. A declaration of a function that specifies the name, return type, and parameters but none of the body, or actual code.
- v. To create a prototype of.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An original or model after which anything is copied; the pattern of anything to be engraved, or otherwise copied, cast, or the like; a primary form; exemplar; archetype.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A primitive form; an original or model after which anything is formed; the pattern of anything to be engraved, cast, etc.; an exemplar; an archetype; especially, in metrology, an original standard, to which others must conform, and which, though it may be imitated from something else, is not required to conform to anything else, but itself serves as the ultimate definition of a unit.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a standard or typical example
Creating different combinations of the prototype is the next design challenge for this project.
"We show that this preference for the prototype is a function of the prototype being particularly easy to perceive," Winkielman told Reuters on Tuesday.
The nearly-complete prototype is sitting on the Taleisin, Arizona campus.
Quick Spin: 2010 Plug-in Prius prototype is just like your mother's Prius, but better
The PrestaLever, now just in prototype form, will be able to hold tool bits in the handle.
If the United-Aer Lingus joint venture prototype is successful, we will soon see such alliances flourishing within the fragile regulatory systems of new European Union members such as Bulgaria and the Czech Republic, where wages are extremely low.
According to Air Power Australia, a Russian prototype is at least equal to the F-22 and easily outclasses the F-35, which the Administration has picked as our front-line fighter.
We still call it prototype as we feel the fitment is a little off for the US Spec cars with the charcoal canister.
The device, which Plastic Logic has shown in prototype form for about a year, will use AT&T's 3G network and Wi-Fi to wirelessly download books and other reading material.
We also collated information via online surveys and some people took part in prototype testing our new customised homepage feature