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Alteration of templet, probably from French templet, diminutive of temple (a weaver's stretcher), from Latin templum (a small timber, tie-beam, a purlin), from Proto-Indo-European *temp- (to pull, stretch). Alteration of second syllable due to analogy with plate. Cognate with Faroese tamba (to stretch out, relax), Icelandic þamb (a stretched, bloated, or extended belly).


  • IPA(key): /ˈtɛmplɪt/, /ˈtɛmplət/, /ˈtɛmpleɪt/
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template (plural templates)

  1. A physical object whose shape is used as a guide to make other objects.
  2. A generic model or pattern from which other objects are based or derived.
    (Can we add an example for this sense?)
  3. (molecular biology) A macromolecule which provides a pattern for the synthesis of another molecule.
    • 2002, S. Lottin et al., “Thioredoxin post-transcriptional regulation by H19 provides a new function to mRNA-like non-coding RNA”, in Nature[1], volume 21, number 10:
      Classically, the functional product of coding genes is a protein whose synthesis is directed by an mRNA-template.
  4. (object-oriented programming) A partially defined class or function, that can be instantiated in a variety of ways depending on the instantiation arguments.
    A template is a blueprint or formula for creating a generic class or a function. “C++ Templates”, in tutorialspoint, 2016

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template (third-person singular simple present templates, present participle templating, simple past and past participle templated)

  1. To set up or mark off using a template.
    • 1994, Howard I. Chapelle, Boatbuilding[2], →ISBN, page 368:
      Only that part of the floor timber that bears on the planking and keel need be templated; []
  2. To provide a template or pattern for.
    • 2003, Yu Wang et al., “Synthesis and characterization of a new layered gallium phosphate templated by cobalt complex”, in Journal of Solid State Chemistry, volume 170, number 1, DOI:10.1016/S0022-4596(02)00060-9:
      Metal phosphates that are templated by transition-metal complexes are rare.

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template m (plural templates)

  1. (object-oriented programming) template