Pronunciation: (tem'plit), [key]
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. Building Trades.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. Shipbuilding.either of two wedges in each of the temporary blocks forming the support for the keel of a ship while building.
4. Aerial Photogrammetry.any object having lines, slots, or straightedges to represent lines radiating from the center of a photograph, used for graphic triangulation.
5. Genetics.a strand of DNA or RNA that serves as a pattern for the synthesis of a complementary strand of nucleic acid or protein.
6. Computers.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 called safe. a marble base for a toilet. Also,templet.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.