prototype

Definitions

  • Excavated foundation of a late 17th-century prototype of the Baltimore and Philadelphia row houses. Six families could have lived here
    Excavated foundation of a late 17th-century prototype of the Baltimore and Philadelphia row houses. Six families could have lived here
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n prototype a standard or typical example "he is the prototype of good breeding","he provided America with an image of the good father"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: EPCOT stands for "Experimental Prototype City Of Tomorrow."
    • n Prototype 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. "They will turn their backs on it, like their great precursor and prototype ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The "Spruce Goose" flew on November 2, 1947, for one mile, at a maximum altitude of 70 feet. Built by Howard Hughes, it is the largest aircraft ever built, the 140-ton eight-engine seaplane, made of birch, has a wingspan of 320 feet. It was built as a prototype troop transport. Rejected by the Pentagon, Hughes put the plane into storage, never to be flown again.
    • n prototype 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. Thus, the mètre des archives is a prototype, and so is the new international meter at Breteuil, although the latter is imitated from the former. But the mètre du conservatoire and the meters distributed by the International Bureau are not prototypes, since they have no authority except from the evidence that they conform to other measures.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Fifty years ago the B. F. Goodrich Company, the American corporation known for its automobile tires, thought it was really on to something. Its engineers came up with the prototype of an atomic golf ball. The ball, with a radioactive core, would be easy to locate with a Geiger counter if hit into the rough. But the company abandoned the invention as unworkable.
    • n Prototype prō′tō-tīp the first or original type or model from which anything is copied: an exemplar: a pattern
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Quotations

  • Sigmund Freud
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    “The act of birth is the first experience of anxiety, and thus the source and prototype of the affect of anxiety.”
  • Graham Greene
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    “God created a number of possibilities in case some of his prototypes failed -- that is the meaning of evolution.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., from L. prototypus, original, primitive, Gr. , ; first + type, model. See Proto-, and Type
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L.,—Gr., prōtos, first, typos, a type.

Usage

In literature:

The prairie wolves have been here first, adding mutilation to the butchery of their human prototypes.
"Starlight Ranch" by Charles King
I doubt if their prototypes now exist.
"Reminiscences of Queensland" by William Henry Corfield
Thus also in Plato's circle live souls continually occupied in the study of the prototype of ideas.
"Moon Lore" by Timothy Harley
Each suggests a prototype of the patented forms of the 1840's.
"Woodworking Tools 1600-1900" by Peter C. Welsh
We are reminded by the picture or statue of qualities which do not exist in it, but in its prototype in reality.
"Laurus Nobilis" by Vernon Lee
It was the true prototype of her own.
"Somehow Good" by William de Morgan
Resembling its larger prototype, the London Company, the Berkeley Hundred group had a governor and council.
"Mother Earth" by W. Stitt Robinson, Jr.
Human experience has no prototype of this region, and the imagination has never conceived of its forms and colors.
"Our Italy" by Charles Dudley Warner
Certainly if he was anything like his prototype he needed maturing.
"A Bookful of Girls" by Anna Fuller
It has hardly its prototype either in the Fatherland or on the Continent.
"The History of Dartmouth College" by Baxter Perry Smith
Its origins as a political and social institution have been attributed to various prototypes in Tudor and earlier English history.
"The Fairfax County Courthouse" by Ross D. Netherton
A PROTOTYPE of the model lake freighter described in this Chapter will probably be familiar to many readers.
"Boys' Book of Model Boats" by Raymond Francis Yates
Spain's romantic 'Beggar on horseback,' in some respects meets with a prototype in her colony.
"The Pearl of the Antilles, or An Artist in Cuba" by Walter Goodman
Webster may perhaps have been taken by Keats as his chief prototype.
"Life of John Keats" by William Michael Rossetti
Thus it is seen that the modern club has little in common with its prototypes in the 18th century.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 5" by Various
Like his Christian prototype Constantine, he was converted by a miracle.
"Bible Myths and their Parallels in other Religions" by T. W. Doane
A perfect prototype of Folly's feverish and heartless world.
"The Mystery of Evelin Delorme" by Albert Bigelow Paine
Was it true that an ideal once attained, its prototype becomes unsatisfying?
"The Wave" by Algernon Blackwood
But its founder, M. de Chamousset, met with no better fate than Dockwra, the founder of its prototype.
"The Development of Rates of Postage" by A. D. Smith
Automobile the Prototype of the Locomotive.
"The Progress of Invention in the Nineteenth Century." by Edward W. Byrn
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In poetry:

"In me, as your adviser hints,
Of Abstinence you've got a type -
Of MR. TWEEDIE'S pretty prints
I am the happy prototype.
"Bob Polter" by William Schwenck Gilbert
His eyeballs glistened in his eyes -
I sat and watched and smoked my pipe;
"Bravo!" I said, "I recognize
The phrensy of your prototype!"
"An Unfortunate Likeness" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Ho! all ye Fathers, who respect the great,
Instruct your sons his name to venerate!
Shall not renown, that so deserv'd appears,
Become a prototype to distant years?
"Ethic Strains, On Subjects Sublime And Beautiful - Part III" by Thomas Odiorne
The Sun-God's shrines in ruins lie,
But not the glorious sun!
A thousand transient faiths may die.
All prototypes of One,
Since under every form and name
Their essence still remains the same.
"Delio Patri" by John Lawson Stoddard

In news:

The process to build the home uses the same equipment as what is needed to create houseboats and prototype designers hope to restore jobs lost in the houseboat industry due to the bad economy.
Nissan this week demonstrated the NSC -2015, a prototype electric car that can park itself, drive to your location at the touch of a button, and snap a quick video when a stranger approaches it.
The successful development of a convenience store prototype is a bit like an exercise in finding one's soul.
A prototype implementation based on DokuWiki is also described.
Carroll released a prototype of a prosthetic tail in April but has not permanently attached it to Winter, who cannot swim normally without it.
A Tour of Prototypical '80s Film Dads.
Richard Branson takes a spin in prototype designed to transform commuting.
One person was hurt at the GM research site in Michigan during 'extreme testing on a prototype battery' unrelated to the Volt 'or any other production vehicle,' the company said.
Indeed, any engineer who has worked on their own prototype designs will proudly point to their hand- soldering efforts.
Their prototype uses components (at least for the moment) typically used in swimming pool filtration systems.
Prototype to profit in less than 3 weeks.
2012 BMW 1 Series M Coupe Prototype.
Apple Reported Testing TV Prototypes.
Prototype designed by MU Engineer looks to save farmers money & keep turkeys comfortable .
Prototype ultra sensitive disease sensor developed .
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In science:

It is interesting to look at elements of the test set that are misclassified when we use just the 88 prototypes but are correctly classified when using the complete PVM-greedy solution (with all 3372 prototypes).
Classification by Set Cover: The Prototype Vector Machine
From left to right: the test digit itself, the nearest prototype among the 88 prototypes, the nearest prototype of the correct class (among the 88), and the nearest prototype in the ful l 3372-prototype solution.
Classification by Set Cover: The Prototype Vector Machine
For the first prototype, the head is made by rapid prototyping which allows us to test the volume used by the wires (Figure 13).
The eel-like robot
Analog Readout Prototypes Each prototype consists of a bulk MICROMEGAS chamber with a 3 mm drift gap and a 128 mm amplification gap.
MICROMEGAS chambers for hadronic calorimetry at a future linear collider
As for the previous prototype the crystals used for this new lens prototype are made of Cu (111) with mosaic structure.
New results on focusing of gamma-rays with Laue lenses
In particular, we concentrated on evaluating classification performances when filtering the prototype dataset, i.e. retaining a proportion θ of the most relevant examples as prototypes for classification.
Boosting k-NN for categorization of natural scenes
Adjusting the value of threshold ˜α enables to remove those confusing prototypes, thus reducing the representation of each category to a sparse subset of meaningful prototype images.
Boosting k-NN for categorization of natural scenes
The 11-nearest prototype images are shown on the right: the first row refers to UNN with 20% of retained prototypes (θ = 0.2), whereas the second column refers to classic k-NN classification over all prototypes (θ = 1).
Boosting k-NN for categorization of natural scenes
Application of the PIXE prototype software The prototype components for PIXE simulation described in the previous sections were applied to a study of the passive, graded Z shielding of the X-ray detectors of the eROSITA telescope on the upcoming Russian Spectrum-X-Gamma space mission.
New models for PIXE simulation with Geant4
A small detector prototype, the “physics prototype”, was developed in order to study the physics performance of a sampling electromagnetic calorimeter suitable for use in detector at a future Linear Collider.
CALICE Report to the DESY Physics Research Committee
In contrast to the physics prototype, where the front end electronics was placed outside the detector volume, the technical prototype will have the electronics directly embedded in the PCBs which support the silicon detectors.
CALICE Report to the DESY Physics Research Committee
The PCBs for the technical prototype will, in contrast to the PCBs used in the previous prototype, will hold the front-end chips inside the detector volume.
CALICE Report to the DESY Physics Research Committee
In this respect the physics prototype is not scalable and needs to be complemented by a technological prototypes addressing these integration issues.
CALICE Report to the DESY Physics Research Committee
Currently the collaboration is assembling a large prototype calorimeter, the physics prototype.
CALICE Report to the DESY Physics Research Committee
The success of the small prototype was the first step towards the construction of the technical prototype.
CALICE Report to the DESY Physics Research Committee
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