prototype

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From French prototype.

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prototype (plural prototypes)

  1. An original object or form which is a basis for other objects, forms, or for its models and generalizations
  2. An early sample or model built to test a concept or process
    The prototype had loose wires and rough edges, but it worked.
  3. (semantics) An instance of a category or a concept that combines its most representative attributes.
    A robin is a prototype of a bird; a penguin is not.
  4. (computing) A declaration of a function that specifies the name, return type, and parameters but none of the body, or actual code.

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prototype (third-person singular simple present prototypes, present participle prototyping, simple past and past participle prototyped)

  1. To create a prototype of.