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[tem-plit] /ˈtɛm plɪt/
Origin of templet
1670-80; perhaps < French, diminutive of temple temple3 (see -et), but semantic link is unclear


or templet

[tem-plit] /ˈtɛm plɪt/
a pattern, mold, or the like, usually consisting of a thin plate of wood or metal, serving as a gauge or guide in mechanical work.
anything that determines or serves as a pattern; a model:
You can use my notes as a template for employee evaluations.
Building Trades. a horizontal piece, as of timber or stone, in a wall, to receive and distribute the pressure of a girder, beam, or the like.
Shipbuilding. either of two wedges in each of the temporary blocks forming the support for the keel of a ship while building.
Aerial Photogrammetry. any object having lines, slots, or straightedges to represent lines radiating from the center of a photograph, used for graphic triangulation.
Genetics. a strand of DNA or RNA that serves as a pattern for the synthesis of a complementary strand of nucleic acid or protein.
  1. a small sheet or strip of cardboard, plastic, or the like, that fits over a portion of the keyboard and provides ready reference to the keystroke commands of a particular software program.
  2. an electronic file with a predesigned, customized format and structure, as for a fax, letter, or expense report, ready to be filled in.
Also called safe. a marble base for a toilet.
1670-80; alteration of templet, apparently by falsely etymologizing final syllable as plate1 Unabridged
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  • This may be used as a templet for laying out the others and they can then be sawn separately.

    Handwork in Wood

    William Noyes
  • The second templet is then used to strike off the inside of the bowl.

    Bird Houses Boys Can Build Albert F. Siepert
  • The cylinder should never be in motion while the templet is being used.

    A Course In Wood Turning Archie S. Milton and Otto K. Wohlers
  • This templet is attached to a bar which, in turn, is fastened to a stationary bracket seen to the extreme left in Fig. 33.

    Turning and Boring Franklin D. Jones
  • The connection of the bracket (to which the templet arm is attached) with the stop-rod is clearly shown in Fig. 33.

    Turning and Boring Franklin D. Jones
  • This templet can be made of any thin, stiff material, preferably light sheet iron.

    A Course In Wood Turning Archie S. Milton and Otto K. Wohlers
  • In some cases it will be necessary to make the templet in several pieces in order to help facilitate the tool operations.

    A Course In Wood Turning Archie S. Milton and Otto K. Wohlers
  • The excavation for the invert was then begun, and finished to the proper curve by the aid of a templet drawn along the 2×4-in.

    Concrete Construction Halbert P. Gillette
  • “template” stove: from template or templet, a strip of sheet iron used in boiler-making.

    The Fall of the Year Dallas Lore Sharp
  • The section of rail shall conform as accurately as possible to the templet furnished by the Railroad Company.

British Dictionary definitions for templet


a gauge or pattern, cut out in wood or metal, used in woodwork, etc, to help shape something accurately
a pattern cut out in card or plastic, used in various crafts to reproduce shapes
a short beam, made of metal, wood, or stone, that is used to spread a load, as over a doorway
(biochem) the molecular structure of a compound that serves as a pattern for the production of the molecular structure of another specific compound in a reaction
Word Origin
C17 templet (later spelling influenced by plate), probably from French, diminutive of temple³
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Word Origin and History for templet



1670s, templet "horizontal piece under a girder or beam," probably from French templet "weaver's stretcher," diminutive of temple, which meant the same thing, from Latin templum "plank, rafter," also "building for worship" (see temple (n.1)).

The meaning "pattern or gauge for shaping a piece of work" is first recorded 1819 in this form, earlier temple (1680s); the form was altered 1844, probably influenced by plate, but the pronunciation did not begin to shift until much more recently.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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templet in Medicine

template tem·plate or tem·plet (těm'plĭt)

  1. 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.

  2. A molecule, such as DNA, that serves as a pattern for the synthesis of a macromolecule, as of RNA.

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templet in Science
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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