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)b : overlay c
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 of template from the Web
America first met Joe Riley in 1989 when Hugo, a massive Category 4 hurricane, slammed into the South Carolina coast, and his calm, forceful leadership saved lives and laid down the template for handling natural calamities.
For his closing set, Future followed a template that has tripped up the momentum of many rappers' live sets, relying on a DJ to drop an hour-long parade of song snippets.
The template for this 2,400-square-foot weekend home in upstate New York were drawings and renderings of a desert home Mann had designed for himself.
Officials describe the investigation into the Chelsea bombing as a template for how the F.B.I. and the New York Police Department have learned to temper big egos and manage chain-of-command quandaries.
A key reason Kroger acquired Harris Teeter in 2014 was for its buy-online-pickup-at-the-store technology, which was the template for Kroger's now nearly 700 stores with ClickList.
That shift could be a template for the private sector.
Any currency provision agreed to in the Nafta negotiations could serve as a template for a revamping of the 2012 U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement that President Donald Trump has pressed for.
Experts heralded the move as not only good for Google, but as a potential template for others to follow as the high cost of construction combined with expensive real estate make affordable housing hard to come by.
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Origin and Etymology of template
probably from French templet, diminutive of temple, part of a loom, probably from Latin templum
First Known Use: 1677See Words from the same year
TEMPLATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of template for English Language Learners
: 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
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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