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Modern blueprint of the French galleon La Belle.

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blue +‎ print

Introduced by Sir John Herschel in 1842.


  • enPR: blo͞o'prĭnt", IPA(key): /ˈbluːˌpɹɪnt/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɪnt


blueprint (plural blueprints)

  1. 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.
  2. A print produced with this process.
  3. (architecture, engineering, by extension) A detailed technical drawing (now often in some electronically storable and transmissible form).
  4. (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.



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blueprint (third-person singular simple present blueprints, present participle blueprinting, simple past and past participle blueprinted)

  1. To make a blueprint for.
    The architect blueprinted the renovation plan once the client had signed off.
  2. To make a detailed operational plan for.
    They blueprinted every aspect of the first phase of the operation.