Definition of blueprint in English:



  • 1A design plan or other technical drawing:

    ‘they are redrawing office blueprints to include large shared spaces’
    • ‘In 1862, it set up its office building following the blueprint of the British firm of architects.’
    • ‘Most of these are highlighted on your reconnaissance map, which typically consists of base layouts or blueprints with indicators placed upon them.’
    • ‘The wizened old man sat in his plush office, blueprints spread out on top of the bureau.’
    • ‘If memory serves me correctly, the old guys with their smocks and T square used to expose their blueprints in the sun.’
    • ‘The blueprint the builder typically uses is four pages, and the blueprint we all might turn out is 30.’
    • ‘None of the plans were real blueprints or technical drawings.’
    • ‘Do a web search for castle floor plans or castle home blueprints.’
    • ‘His blueprint included a fixed breech rail to keep the cows in place.’
    • ‘Inside the five-year-old company's offices are maps and blueprints of mineral claims scouted by other firms and rocks dug up by other miners.’
    • ‘Before tackling any upgrades, work with an architect or designer to develop a blueprint.’
    • ‘This means each new application rolled out should use a blueprint to design the system, and an automated system to update and patch it.’
    • ‘Fewer new homes will be built on greenfield sites under a blueprint designed to last for up to 20 years.’
    • ‘Ours soon found themselves grounded around the dining room table, scribbling madly on a draft design blueprint.’
    • ‘Although the design blueprint came from the US, it was the Singapore team that designed and engineered the mechanics.’
    • ‘Her blueprints included plans for a large pool and formal terraced gardens.’
    • ‘With those blueprints in hand, clients can be sure they're getting quality materials, and they can compare apples to apples when the bids come in.’
    • ‘He did the blueprints personally and personally designed the motors that turn the house and drove nails personally.’
    • ‘He said the blueprint and its designated two-km buffer zone ‘could be adjusted’.’
    • ‘A new hotel, 117 residential units, and a number of offices are all in the design blueprint.’
    • ‘The police confiscated optical lenses, design blueprints for targeting devices and other items during the raid.’
    plan, design, draft, diagram, drawing, scale drawing, outline, sketch, pattern, map, layout, representation
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    1. 1.1 Something which acts as a plan, model, or template for others:
      ‘the scheme was a blueprint for future development programmes’
      • ‘It was hoped the plan could become a blueprint for the rest of the country, but the new early opening hours were dropped because of ‘operational problems’.’
      • ‘I'm convinced this model will be a blueprint for other authorities to follow.’
      • ‘The Government is considering a report into radiotherapy services which will act as a blueprint for the development of services nationally.’
      • ‘The town is a blueprint for the rest of the country after measures to beat transport problems proved a major success.’
      • ‘They then have to formulate their own submissions for the plan which will provide a blueprint for development in the town from 2006 to 2012.’
      • ‘The final version of the Local Plan - a blueprint for future land use in Chorley - is available for viewing.’
      • ‘An individualised case conceptualisation helps organise complex information about a patient and is a blueprint for guiding treatment.’
      • ‘Imagine having all these grand ideals, magnificent visions, and a blueprint for human flourishing.’
      • ‘The council are taking the best from all the plans and creating a blueprint for the future of the town.’
      • ‘We are very proud of the service we offer and are pleased to act as a blueprint for epilepsy services around the country.’
      • ‘Strong does offer some guidelines on how this can be achieved, but the book is more a general manifesto calling for change rather than a blueprint for specific action.’
      • ‘She said she would be heavily involved in the creation of next year's policing plan, a blueprint for tackling the county's crime and disorder issues.’
      • ‘The plan was to serve as a blueprint for the rejuvenation of the town centre, but so far developments have either met heavy opposition or been conspicuous by their absence.’
      • ‘The trust and its supporters believe that if the trial is successful it could prove to be a blueprint for many other decimated in-shore fisheries around the Scottish coastline.’
      • ‘A call has gone out for every resident of Ilmington to get involved in the creation of a parish plan, a document which will form a blueprint for the future of the village.’
      • ‘The way you model the distribution of chores in the household provides a blueprint for your children's marriages.’
      • ‘If nothing else, it can be used as an example and a blueprint for change.’
      • ‘Curiously, those measurements may as well have served as a blueprint for our prototypical swimmer ever since.’
      • ‘This model could be a blueprint for other states to create comprehensive methamphetamine policies as well.’
      • ‘This can be used as a blueprint for support groups to help ensure they're best helping abuse survivors and have a better chance of helping them rebuild their lives.’
      model, plan, template, framework, pattern, design, example, exemplar, guide, prototype, paradigm, sample, pilot, recipe
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[WITH OBJECT]North American
  • Draw up (a plan or model):

    ‘a neatly blueprinted scheme’
    • ‘Yet, the packed house responded the way it did because he applied a lifetime of architectural blueprinting into what sounded like a spontaneous, ‘simple affair.’’
    • ‘Specifically, the team is blueprinting the logistics processes of the enterprise resource planning solution for the logistics enterprise information system.’
    • ‘I think this whole project could well have been blueprinted from the article I talked about in my opening post - it's obviously a grab to slide into the same ‘outsider’ or ‘everyman’ media that is normally seen as a stronghold for the right.’
    • ‘No way, the two events were blocked and blueprinted and whoever came up with the idea is ready for another star.’
    • ‘Now an expert team of astronauts and space scientists has blueprinted a safety strategy for Earth: an asteroid tugboat.’
    • ‘This simple model offers important direction and guidelines to help people blueprint their own future.’
    • ‘The musicians blueprinted the combination of a pale, angst-ridden singer backed by quasi-industrial pop in the early 1990s, then split in 1994, only to see virtual soundalikes rise to superstardom.’
    • ‘The design he'd initially blueprinted seemed much smaller than the one standing before him, peering down at him from thirty stories high.’
    • ‘The bid committee is in the driver's seat of course, so we will be responding to their expressions of interest rather than blueprinting a role for the university ourselves.’
    • ‘The potential for dishonourable companies to act in this deceitful and dishonest manner will be given oxygen and allowed to profit by using the method blueprinted in this matter.’
    • ‘He's enlightened volunteer boards to the needs for strategic planning, and has implemented long-range vision by blueprinting step-by-step plans that future boards and personnel can follow.’
    • ‘If blueprinted to provide evidence about all aspects of good medical practice, it should also be valid in content.’
    • ‘With the advance notice, the staff has had time to lay out a plan that is blueprinted during a 9 a.m. staff meeting and a 9: 45 a.m. divisionwide conference call with the network's domestic and international bureaus.’
    • ‘Nearly a decade after the project was blueprinted, the Development Authority has frozen the final alignment of the Peripheral Ring Road and will bring it up before the cabinet for its approval.’
    • ‘Bands were not meant to be blueprinted and created according to plan, they are supposed to be a group of talented people whose chemistry together leads to brilliant records.’
    • ‘See, the worst part isn't even that our good ideas get blueprinted and reproduced.’
    • ‘As for procedures, we cannot blueprint them on this appeal.’
    • ‘There are city councils and councilpersons who can botch up and corrupt the best system ever blueprinted.’
    • ‘Instead of starting with a standard action and spending hours blueprinting it, Brown took another tack.’
    • ‘But then when he explained everything and blueprinted it out, everything - it was like a puzzle…’


Late 19th century: from the original process in which prints were composed of white lines on a blue ground or of blue lines on a white ground.