Definition of template noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈtempleɪt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtemplət//
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  1. 1a shape cut out of a hard material, used as a model for producing exactly the same shape many times in another material Pressing the template firmly down on the plastic, cut around it with a knife.
  2. 2a thing that is used as a model for producing other similar examples If you need to write a lot of similar letters, set up a template on your computer. In our DNA we all carry a genetic template for the next generation. The director uses his own childhood experiences as a template for the movie.
  3. Word Originlate 17th cent. (as templet): probably from temple ‘a device in a loom for keeping the cloth stretched’ + -et. The change in the ending in the 19th cent. was due to association with plate.
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