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or tem·plet

[ tem-plit ]


  1. 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.
  2. anything that determines or serves as a pattern; a model:

    You can use my notes as a template for employee evaluations.

  3. 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.
  4. Shipbuilding. either of two wedges in each of the temporary blocks forming the support for the keel of a ship while building.
  5. Aerial Photogrammetry. any object having lines, slots, or straightedges to represent lines radiating from the center of a photograph, used for graphic triangulation.
  6. Genetics. a strand of DNA or RNA that serves as a pattern for the synthesis of a complementary strand of nucleic acid or protein.
  7. Computers.
    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.
  8. Also called safe. a marble base for a toilet.


/ ˈtɛmplɪt /


  1. a gauge or pattern, cut out in wood or metal, used in woodwork, etc, to help shape something accurately
  2. a pattern cut out in card or plastic, used in various crafts to reproduce shapes
  3. a short beam, made of metal, wood, or stone, that is used to spread a load, as over a doorway
  4. 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


/ tĕmplĭt /

  1. 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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Word History and Origins

Origin of template1

1670–80; alteration of templet, apparently by falsely etymologizing final syllable as plate 1

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Word History and Origins

Origin of template1

C17 templet (later spelling influenced by plate ), probably from French, diminutive of temple ³

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Example Sentences

These provide templates integrating their own voice app experiences for you to customize further.

Previously, the solution would have been bespoke from the origin, the publisher said, although it wouldn’t say how much it’s charging for the templates.

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We’re trying to build a different proposition that doesn’t fit well within that template.

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Every woman’s experience is different across her cycle, and there’s no one-size-fits-all template.

The former Seattle officer predicted that any pullbacks would follow the same template they had in his city.

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.

For all we are told about a “modern monarchy” the Duchess is—now—a very old-fashioned template of the silent, fantasy princess.

He created an enduring template, as Harris puts it, for “what ‘real’ war film is supposed to look like.”

His template for government was the peasant fantasy he dreamed up during his years of service on a Soviet pig farm.

It is preferable to shape the inside first, cutting it out roughly and checking up with the template.

The template is put on the ends of the straight pole, and the dowel centres are pricked into the wood.

A temporary piece of wood is planed to a true mitre and placed underneath the dovetailed piece to form a template.

The method of obtaining the correct angles of such a template has already been given on p. 134.

A small wooden template is made out of beech or other hardwood, having its ends cut at 45 degrees.


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More About Template

What does template mean?

A template is a pattern, model, or guide for the creation of some kind of project.

Template is most commonly used in a general way, but it has many specific meanings depending on the context it is being used in.

Example: When creating your résumé, don’t start from scratch—use a template so that you can make sure you format it properly.

Where does template come from?

The first records of template come from the 1670s. It’s an alteration of the word templet that was influenced by the word plate. Templet may come from a French word that refers to a part of a loom, but the ultimate origin is unknown.

The word template can be used in almost countless contexts. Anything that serves as a pattern to make something can be called a template. Traditionally, templates have been physical objects used to create other physical objects, but now they also often take the form of specialized software to create things like designs and documents.

Template has a more specific meaning in many different fields and trades. In construction, a template is a horizontal piece of a wall that distributes the pressure of a beam. In shipbuilding, a template is used to support the frame of the ship while it’s being built. In genetics, a template is a strand of DNA or RNA that serves as a pattern for the creation of similar strands.

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Template is most commonly used in a general way to refer to a pattern that allows something more specific to be created, but it has many different specific uses.



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Which of the following words is NOT a synonym for template?

A. guide
B. pattern
C. product
D. model