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Definition of blueprint noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a photographic print of a plan for a building or a machine, with white lines on a blue background blueprints of a new aircraft
  2. 2blueprint (for something) a plan which shows what can be achieved and how it can be achieved a blueprint for the socialization of health care
  3. 3(technology) the pattern in every living cell, which decides how the plant, animal, or person will develop and what it will look like DNA carries the genetic blueprint that tells any organism how to build itself.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: blueprint