- 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.
- an electronic file with a predesigned, customized format and structure, as for a fax, letter, or expense report, ready to be filled in.
Examples from the Web for template
Gardner now becomes the model—and his campaign the template—for how to win purple states.
Robert: First of all, it sets more of a template for the year for us.‘The Good Wife’ Creators on the Premiere’s Big Cary Twist, Will’s Death, and More|Kevin Fallon|September 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
His template for government was the peasant fantasy he dreamed up during his years of service on a Soviet pig farm.Forget Kim Jong Un—China’s New Favorite Dictator Is Belarus’s Aleksandr Lukashenko.|Kapil Komireddi|January 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She and Balanchine parted ways in the early 50s, and he would have other muses, but Tallchief was the template for them all.
Weirdly, that practice, and this template, seem to connect Morandi to the instruction-set Conceptualists of the later 1960s.
Place this template on the wood, and with a sharp pencil, held vertically, draw lines around the edge of the template.Educational Toys|Louis C. Petersen
The template must then be turned over to mark the other side of the teeth.
If we desire to make the template such as at a, we cut out the shaded portion; or for the template at b, the shaded portion.
It is preferable to shape the inside first, cutting it out roughly and checking up with the template.The Boy Mechanic, Book 2|Various
From this template a cutting tool is made, being carefully brought to shape with an oil-stone slip and a magnifying glass.
British Dictionary definitions for template
Word Origin for template
Word Origin and History for template
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.