blueprint

A blueprint is a guide for making something — it's a design or pattern that can be followed. Want to build the best tree house ever? Draw up a blueprint and follow the design carefully.

The literal meaning of a blueprint is a paper — which is blue — with plans for a building printed on it. You can also call other guides or plans blueprints. The way you do your homework every night could provide a blueprint for your little sister’s study habits. A business plan is a blueprint for a profitable business. Religions and philosophies provide the blueprint for many people’s lives. A blueprint helps you figure out what to do.

DEFINITIONS OF: blueprint

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n photographic print of plans or technical drawings etc.

Type of:
exposure, photo, photograph, pic, picture
a representation of a person or scene in the form of a print or transparent slide; recorded by a camera on light-sensitive material

n something intended as a guide for making something else

“a blueprint for a house”
Synonyms:
design, pattern
Type of:
plan, program, programme
a series of steps to be carried out or goals to be accomplished

v make a blueprint of

Synonyms:
draft, draught
Type of:
design, plan
make a design of; plan out in systematic, often graphic form
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