An original form or object which is a basis for other forms or objects (particularly manufactured items), or for its generalizations and models.
An exact copy.
‘The statue on the museum floor is an authentic replica.’;
An early sample or model built to test a concept or process.
‘The prototype had loose wires and rough edges, but it worked.’;
A copy made at a smaller scale than the original.
‘He collected replicas of old cars.’;
(computing) A declaration of a function that specifies the name, return type, and parameters, but none of the body or actual code.
A copy of a work of art, as of a picture or statue, made by the maker of the original.
(semantics) An instance of a category or a concept that combines its most representative attributes.
‘A robin is a prototype of a bird; a penguin is not.’;
(transitive) To create a prototype of.
copy that is not the original; something that has been copied
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.’;
A replica is an exact copy, such as of a painting, as it was executed by the original artist or a copy or reproduction, especially one on a scale smaller than the original.A replica is a copying closely resembling the original concerning its shape and appearance. An inverted replica complements the original by filling its gaps.
a standard or typical example;
‘he is the prototype of good breeding’; ‘he provided America with an image of the good father’;
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.