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noun tem·plate \ˈtem-plət\

Simple Definition of template

  • : a shape or pattern that is cut out of a hard material (such as metal or plastic) and used to make the same shape and pattern in other pieces of material

  • computers : a computer document that has the basic format of something (such as a business letter, chart, graph, etc.) and that can be used many different times

  • : something that is used as an example of how to do, make, or achieve something

Full Definition of template

  1. 1 :  a short piece or block placed horizontally in a wall under a beam to distribute its weight or pressure (as over a door)

  2. 2a (1) :  a gauge, pattern, or mold (as a thin plate or board) used as a guide to the form of a piece being made (2) :  a molecule (as of DNA) that serves as a pattern for the generation of another macromolecule (as messenger RNA)b :  overlay c

  3. 3 :  something that establishes or serves as a pattern

Examples of template

  1. The software includes templates for common marketing documents like pamphlets and flyers.



Origin of template

probably from French templet, diminutive of temple, part of a loom, probably from Latin templum


First Known Use: 1677


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template

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noun tem·plate \ˈtem-plət\

Medical Definition of template

  1. 1also tem·plet :  a gauge, pattern, or mold used as a guide to the form of a piece being made

  2. 2:  a molecule (as of DNA) that serves as a pattern for the synthesis of another macromolecule (as messenger RNA)




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