template

or tem·plet

[tem-plit]

noun


Origin of template

1670–80; alteration of templet, apparently by falsely etymologizing final syllable as plate1
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Contemporary Examples of template

Historical Examples of template

  • The template is then drawn along a second time to smooth the surface finally.

  • By the use of such a tool the glass can readily be brought up to the template.

    On Laboratory Arts

    Richard Threlfall

  • The concrete was now placed and carried to the top of the template, which was then removed.

    Concrete Construction

    Halbert P. Gillette

  • Use this block as a pattern or template to lay off the others.

    Mission Furniture

    H. H. Windsor

  • But he knew that in another place a template would be laid over his work.



British Dictionary definitions for template

template

templet

noun

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 for template

C17 templet (later spelling influenced by plate), probably from French, diminutive of temple ³
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Word Origin and History for template
n.

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

Medicine definitions for template

template

n.

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

template

[tĕmplĭt]

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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