Template definition

tĕmplĭt
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A pattern or gauge, such as a thin metal plate with a cut pattern, used as a guide in making something accurately, as in woodworking or the carving of architectural profiles.
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A horizontal piece of stone or timber used to distribute weight or pressure, as over a door frame.
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The definition of a template is a pattern used for forming something exactly.

An example of a template is a dress pattern.

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(biochemistry) A molecule of a nucleic acid, such as DNA, that serves as a pattern for the synthesis of a macromolecule, as of RNA.
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A document or file having a preset format, used as a starting point for a particular application so that the format does not have to be recreated each time it is used.

A loan amortization template for a spreadsheet program.

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A physical object whose shape is used as a guide to make other objects.
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An overlay that fits over all or part of a keyboard and has labels describing the functions of each key within a particular application.
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A pattern, usually in the form of a thin plate of metal, wood, plastic, etc., for forming an accurate copy of an object or shape.
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(biochem.) Any complex molecular structure, as DNA or RNA, that serves as a pattern in the synthesis of another complex molecular structure.
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A short piece of stone, timber, or metal placed under a beam to help distribute the pressure.
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A beam for supporting joists over an open space, as a doorway.
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(biochemistry) A molecule of a nucleic acid, such as DNA, that serves as a pattern for the synthesis of a macromolecule, as of RNA.
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A molecule of a nucleic acid, such as DNA, that serves as a pattern for the synthesis of another molecule of a nucleic acid.
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A generic model or pattern from which other objects are based or derived.
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(molecular biology) A macromolecule which provides a pattern for the synthesis of another molecule.
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To set up or mark off using a template.
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To provide a template or pattern for.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
template
Plural:
templates

Origin of template

  • Probably from French templet diminutive of temple temple of a loom temple3

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Alteration of templet, probably from French templet, diminutive of temple (“a weaver's stretcher"), from Latin templum (“a small timber, tie-beam, a purlin"), from Proto-Indo-European *temp- (“to pull, stretch"). Alteration of second syllable due to analogy with plate. Cognate with Faroese tamba (“to stretch out, relax"), Icelandic þamb (“a stretched, bloated, or extended belly").

    From Wiktionary