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”).
template (plural templates)
- A physical object whose shape is used as a guide to make other objects.
- A generic model or pattern from which other objects are based or derived.
- (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”, Nature, volume 21, number 10:
- Classically, the functional product of coding genes is a protein whose synthesis is directed by an mRNA-template.
- To set up or mark off using a template.
- 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”, 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.