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Template for drawing measured circles


Alteration of templet, probably from French templet, diminutive of temple (a weaver's stretcher), variant of tempe, from Latin tempora (temple). 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).


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈtɛm.plɪt/, /ˈtɛm.plət/, /ˈtɛm.pleɪt/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈtɛm.plɪt/, /ˈtɛm.plət/
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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
  5. A strip of metal used in boiler-making, pierced with a series of holes, and serving as a guide in marking out a line of rivet-holes.

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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