A prototype is an early sample, model, or release of a product built to test a concept or process. It is a term used in a variety of contexts, including semantics, design, electronics, and software programming. A prototype is generally used to evaluate a new design to enhance precision by system analysts and users. Prototyping serves to provide specifications for a real, working system rather than a theoretical one. In some design workflow models, creating a prototype (a process sometimes called materialization) is the step between the formalization and the evaluation of an idea.A prototype can also mean a typical example of something such as in the use of the derivation ‘prototypical’. This is a useful term in identifying objects, behaviours and concepts which are considered the accepted norm and is analogous with terms such as stereotypes and archetypes.
The word prototype derives from the Greek πρωτότυπον prototypon, “primitive form”, neutral of πρωτότυπος prototypos, “original, primitive”, from πρῶτος protos, “first” and τύπος typos, “impression”.
A person who serves as a subject for artwork or fashion, usually in the medium of photography but also for painting or drawing.
“The beautiful model had her face on the cover of almost every fashion magazine imaginable.”
A person, usually an attractive female, hired to show items or goods to the public, such as items given away as prizes on a TV game show.
A representation of a physical object, usually in miniature.
“The boy played with a model of a World War II fighter plane.”
A simplified representation used to explain the workings of a real world system or event.
“The computer weather model did not correctly predict the path of the hurricane.”
A style, type, or design.
“He decided to buy the turbo engine model of the sports car.”
The structural design of a complex system.
“The team developed a sound business model.”
A successful example to be copied, with or without modifications.
“He was a model of eloquence and virtue.”
“British parliamentary democracy was seen as a model for other countries to follow.”
An interpretation function which assigns a truth value to each atomic proposition.
An interpretation which makes a certain sentence true, in which case that interpretation is called a model of that sentence.
A particular style, design, or make of a particular product.
“This year’s model features four doors instead of two.”
An identifier of a product given by its manufacturer (also called model number).
An animal that is used to study a human disease or pathology.
Any copy, or resemblance, more or less exact.
In software applications using the model-view-controller design pattern, the part or parts of the application that manage the data.
Worthy of being a model; exemplary.
To display for others to see, especially in regard to wearing clothing while performing the role of a fashion model.
“She modelled the shoes for her friends to see.”
To use as an object in the creation of a forecast or model.
“They modelled the data with a computer to analyze the experiment’s results.”
To make a miniature model of.
“He takes great pride in his skill at modeling airplanes.”
To create from a substance such as clay.
“The sculptor modelled the clay into the form of a dolphin.”
To make a model or models.
To be a model of any kind.
“The actress used to model before being discovered by Hollywood.”
An original form or object which is a manufactured models. from late 16th c.
An sample or model built to test a process.
“The prototype had loose wires and rough edges, but it worked.”
A function that specifies the name, return type, and code.
An combines its most representative attributes.
“A robin is a prototype of a bird; a penguin is not.”
To prototype of.