1. A gauge, pattern, or mold, commonly a thin plate or board, used as a guide to the form of the work to be executed; as, a mason's or a wheelwright's templet.
2. A short piece of timber, iron, or stone, placed in a wall under a girder or other beam, to distribute the weight or pressure.
Origin: LL. Templatus vaulted, from L. Templum a small timber. Spelt also template.