template

noun
tem·​plate | \ ˈtem-plət How to pronounce template (audio) \

Definition of template

1a(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 That said, this recognition is a tremendous step forward for mainstream adoption, and will undoubtedly be used as a template for other nations moving forward. Sean Stein Smith, Forbes, 7 Sep. 2021 Using Trask’s own long journey and ultimate payoff as a template for success, Jones stuck it out at UF and now stands on the precipice of the biggest moment of his career. Edgar Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, 2 Sep. 2021 In 1879, Pratt established the first government-run boarding school for Indigenous children in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, using his experiences in Florida as a template. Julia Barajas, Anchorage Daily News, 29 Aug. 2021 In 1879, Pratt established the first government-run boarding school for Indigenous children in Carlisle, Penn., using his experiences in Florida as a template. Los Angeles Times, 27 Aug. 2021 Brees’ experience can serve as a template for how to respond to the situation. Eric Branch, San Francisco Chronicle, 20 Aug. 2021 There’s never a dull moment, the obvious risk being that, amid this pullulation of detail, there will be no interesting moments, either—the fate that has encumbered most of the films that adopt video games as a template. Anthony Lan, The New Yorker, 13 Aug. 2021 As votes were being tabulated in New York, Mr. Adams tried to capitalize on that tension between progressives and more moderate voters of color, casting himself as the future of Democratic politics and his campaign as a template for the party. New York Times, 26 June 2021 Acrylics can also be applied using a form — that's a temporary template that fits right under the tip of the nail and allows the nail technician to extend the material into a longer shape. Marci Robin, Allure, 21 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of template

1677, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for template

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.

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“Template.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/template. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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template

noun

English Language Learners 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
: 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

template

noun
tem·​plate | \ ˈtem-plət How to pronounce template (audio) \

Medical Definition of template

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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