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Introduced by Sir John Herschel in 1842.
blueprint (plural blueprints)
- 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.
- A print produced with this process.
- (architecture, engineering, by extension) A detailed technical drawing (now often in some electronically storable and transmissible form).
- (informal, by extension) Any detailed plan, whether literal or figurative.
- 2018, Jhariah Clare (lyrics and music), “City of Ashes”, in The Great Tale of How I Ruined it All:
- Ain't got no blueprint, just a purpose and a wrecking ball!
- 2020 December 2, Christian Wolmar, “Wales offers us a glimpse of an integrated transport strategy”, in Rail, page 56:
- This demonstrated serious intent, and the result is a report that should be a blueprint for subsequent assessments when road schemes are being put forward.
- (paper-based technical drawing): cyanotype, schematic
- (detailed technical drawing): schematic
- (informal): road map, schematic, plan, layout
cyanotype reproduction process
print produced by this process
any detailed technical drawing
any detailed plan of action
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- To make a blueprint for.
- The architect blueprinted the renovation plan once the client had signed off.
- To make a detailed operational plan for.
- They blueprinted every aspect of the first phase of the operation.
to make a blueprint for