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an early, pre-market, model of a product which is being developed. Small numbers of prototypes of new products are often constructed to aid the process of testing the performance and consumer acceptability of the product prior to deciding whether or not to engage in full-scale commercial production and marketing of the product. See NEW PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT.
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Prototypical Appraisal The Direct Object as evil and thus deserving
In Dressler's (2000: 8) view, only by addressing less typical processes are we able to capture "the prototypical cores of morphological grammar"; therefore, investigations pertaining to less typical processes "should be elevated to the rank of a systematic study of basic questions which are likely to illuminate research in morphology at large."
Apart from a few exceptions (figure 6), children drew only the common prototypical shapes such as rectangle, triangle (see figure 7).
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Divided into short, humorous vignettes about Rand, a fictional prototypical geek, this volume describes the hunt for a new job, the interview, day to day work, quitting and moving on and a host of other situations, characters and tribulations in the working life of a tech professional.
The design team was charged by the BloodCenter of Wisconsin to develop a prototypical collection facility that would support its mission of increasing the retention rate for existing donors (the majority of collected blood) and to further develop a solid donor base.
Less a definition of narrative than a meditation on what prototypical narrative is, Herman's book is organized according to the principal or "basic" elements he sees as essential to the participants who engage in storytelling in various situations and media.
Bay is the prototypical slugger, putting up a good, though no longer great batting average, and excellent on base and power numbers.
So the stars in this prototypical star-forming region must be about 20% less luminous, and therefore somewhat older and less massive, than widely assumed.