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1  —as in:
prototype of the new machine
Definition the first example of something upon which future instances will be based — such as a new machine or process
  • If they can mass produce the prototype for under $100, everyone will want one.
prototype = the first example of something upon which future instances will be based
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Did you see the prototype for the solar-powered car with the backup battery?
  • That restaurant served as a prototype for the entire chain.
  • prototype = the first example of something upon which future instances will be based
  • We've had positive response to a prototype of the new game.
  • All around him early prototypes of Redd's numerous inventions were on display in spotlit alcoves:
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • prototypes = the first examples of various products that serve as models from which future machines are developed or copied
  • Night Wolves was, technically, the Granadica Design and Prototyping Center.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die

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2  —as in:
prototypical response
Definition a standard example
  • The researcher identified prototypical responses for each personality type.
prototypical = a standard example
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • A bat doesn't fit the prototype many people have for a mammal.
  • prototype = a standard example
  • He is a prototypical comic book hero.
  • He was the antithesis of the prototypical cadet leader.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • I began my second letter to Piedmont in prototypical Conrack style—self-righteous, angry, undiplomatic, unapologetic, and flaming.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • "I was, like, the prototypical white Hoosier kid," he said.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • She was a prototypical suburban mom, minus the SUV.
    Sara Shepard  --  Pretty Little Liars
  • Half a century later, in his path-breaking book The Mask of Sanity, Dr. Hervey Cleckley described the prototypical psychopath as "a subtly constructed reflex machine which can mimic the human personality perfectly....
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City

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Less commonly:
More rarely, prototype can reference a primitive example containing essential features of later examples.
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