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Meaning of template

tem•plate

Pronunciation: (tem'plit), [key]
— n.
  1. a pattern, mold, or the like, usually consisting of a thin plate of wood or metal, serving as a gauge or guide in mechanical work.
  2. a horizontal piece, as of timber or stone, in a wall, to receive and distribute the pressure of a girder, beam, or the like.
  3. either of two wedges in each of the temporary blocks forming the support for the keel of a ship while building.
  4. any object having lines, slots, or straightedges to represent lines radiating from the center of a photograph, used for graphic triangulation.
  5. a strand of DNA or RNA that serves as a pattern for the synthesis of a complementary strand of nucleic acid or protein.
  6. a small sheet or strip of cardboard, plastic, or the like, that fits over a portion of the keyboard and provides ready reference to the keystroke commands of a particular software program.
  7. Also calleda marble base for a toilet.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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