1a shaped piece of rigid material used as a pattern for processes such as cutting out, shaping, or drilling.
something that serves as a model for others to copy:the plant was to serve as the template for change throughout the company
Computing a preset format for a document or file.
Biochemistry a nucleic acid molecule that acts as a pattern for the sequence of assembly of a protein, nucleic acid, or other large molecule: [as modifier]:secondary structure in the template strand is eliminated
2a timber or plate used to distribute the weight in a wall or under a support.
late 17th century (as templet): probably from temple3+ -et1. The change in the ending in the 19th century was due to association with plate