template

noun

tem·​plate ˈtem-plət How to pronounce template (audio)
1
a(1)
: a gauge, pattern, or mold (such 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 (such as messenger RNA)
2
: something that establishes or serves as a pattern
3
: a short piece or block placed horizontally in a wall under a beam to distribute its weight or pressure (as over a door)

Examples of template in a Sentence

The software includes templates for common marketing documents like pamphlets and flyers.
Recent Examples on the Web This article was generated by the Kansas City Star Bot, artificial intelligence software that analyzes structured information from TomTom and applies it to templates created by journalists in the newsroom. Kansas City Star Bot, Kansas City Star, 9 June 2024 The creation of this content included the use of AI based on templates created, reviewed and edited by journalists in the newsroom. Star-Telegram Bot, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 7 June 2024 There are tutorials available on the platform on how to use each tool, and templates for creating reports, documents, and pamphlets. IEEE Spectrum, 4 June 2024 Healey's $1 billion proposal aims to catalyze the economic growth around climate tech by using the successes in life sciences as a template and applying it to climate tech innovation, Hao told ABC News. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, 3 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for template 

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Word History

Etymology

alteration of earlier templet in same senses (by assimilation to plate entry 1), of uncertain origin

Note: The form templet has been compared with French templet "implement on a loom for stretching cloth during weaving," a diminutive of temple in the same sense, though there is no apparent explanation for the very dissimilar senses. The relation of sense 3 (attested earlier) to sense 1 is unclear.

First Known Use

1549, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Time Traveler
The first known use of template was in 1549

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Cite this Entry

“Template.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/template. Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

template

noun
tem·​plate ˈtem-plət How to pronounce template (audio)
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
: something that establishes or serves as a pattern

Medical Definition

template

noun
tem·​plate ˈtem-plət How to pronounce template (audio)
1
also templet : a gauge, pattern, or mold 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 synthesis of another macromolecule (as messenger RNA)

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