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Template may refer to:


  • Die (manufacturing), used to cut or shape material
  • Mold, in a molding process
  • Stencil, a pattern or overlay used in graphic arts (drawing, painting, etc.) and sewing to replicate letters, shapes or designs


  • The main document from which mail merge documents are created
  • Style sheet (web development) or master page, a sheet or page on which a user can globally edit and format graphic elements and text common to each page of a document
  • Template (C++), a tool for generic programming in the C++ language
  • Template (file format), a standardized, non-executable file type used by computer software as a pre-formatted example on which to base other files, especially documents
  • Template (word processing), a standard document containing layout and styles used to configure word processing software
  • Template metaprogramming, a programming technique used by a compiler to generate temporary source code
  • Template method pattern, an object-oriented design pattern
  • Template processor, a system that combines a template with data to produce an output
  • Web template, a master page or a page element that can be used to produce web pages dynamically

Molecular genetics[edit]

  • A strand of DNA which sets the genetic sequence of new strands during replication
  • A strand of RNA which translates genes into proteins

Other uses[edit]

  • A pre-developed page layout in electronic or paper media used to make new pages with a similar design, pattern, or style
  • Boilerplate (text), any text that is or can be reused in new contexts or applications without being greatly changed from the original
  • Template (novel), a novel by Matthew Hughes
  • Template (racing), a device used in car racing to ensure that the body of the race vehicle adheres to specifications

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