- 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.
- 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.
- Also called safe. a marble base for a toilet.
Origin of template
Examples from the Web for template
Gardner now becomes the model—and his campaign the template—for how to win purple states.For Conservatives, Liberal Tears Taste Sweet
November 5, 2014
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
September 22, 2014
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.
January 28, 2014
She and Balanchine parted ways in the early 50s, and he would have other muses, but Tallchief was the template for them all.The Deaths You Missed This Year
Malcolm Jones, Jimmy So, Michael Moynihan, Caitlin Dickson
December 30, 2013
Weirdly, that practice, and this template, seem to connect Morandi to the instruction-set Conceptualists of the later 1960s.Proof That Morandi Was Sol LeWitt's Teacher?
September 5, 2013
The template is then drawn along a second time to smooth the surface finally.American Rural Highways
T. R. Agg
By the use of such a tool the glass can readily be brought up to the template.On Laboratory Arts
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.In the Control Tower
- 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 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.
- 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.
- A molecule of a nucleic acid, such as DNA, that serves as a pattern for the synthesis of another molecule of a nucleic acid.