Blueprint



a process of photographic printing, used chiefly in copying architectural and mechanical drawings, which produces a white line on a blue background.
a print made by this process.
a detailed outline or plan of action:
a blueprint for success.
to make a blueprint of or for.
Contemporary Examples

Rapists, Beware: Detroit Prosecutor IDs 21 Attackers in ‘Rape Kit’ Investigation Abigail Pesta August 27, 2012
The Budget Wars Begin, With Paul Ryan Firing the First Volley John Avlon March 12, 2013
EPA’s New Regulations to Cut Carbon Emissions Are Obamacare for the Air Jason Mark June 1, 2014
Did Iran’s Cyber-Army Hack Into the IAEA’s computers? Eli Lake December 4, 2012
Why Obama’s Deficit Speech Fell Short Howard Kurtz April 12, 2011

Historical Examples

The Valley of the Giants Peter B. Kyne
The Daughter of a Magnate Frank H. Spearman
Common Science Carleton W. Washburne
The Apartment Next Door William Andrew Johnston
The Space Pioneers Carey Rockwell

noun
Also called cyanotype. a photographic print of plans, technical drawings, etc, consisting of white lines on a blue background
an original plan or prototype that influences subsequent design or practice: the Montessori method was the blueprint for education in the 1940s
verb
(transitive) to make a blueprint of (a plan)
n.

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