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boil·er·plate

 (boi′lər-plāt′)
n.
1. Steel in the form of flat plates used in making steam boilers.
2. Journalistic material, such as syndicated features, made available by agencies in a form that is already typeset, originally in plate form, for easy incorporation into publications such as newspapers.
3. Hackneyed or conventional language, usually expressing a generally accepted viewpoint: "He offered little more than boilerplate, a few watery clichés about how nations needed to work together" (Bill Turque).
4. Standardized or set language that is meant to be used repeatedly, often in organizational publications or legal documents: "This was the story he told her ... when they first met and the story he stuck to, the original boilerplate" (Philip Roth).
5. Sports Snow having a hard icy crust on its surface.

boilerplate

(ˈbɔɪləˌpleɪt)
n
1. (General Engineering) a form of mild-steel plate used in the production of boiler shells
2. a copy made with the intention of making other copies from it
3. a set of instructions incorporated in several places in a computer program or a standard form of words used repeatedly in drafting contracts, guarantees, etc
4. (Commerce) a draft contract that can easily be modified to cover various types of transaction
vb
to incorporate standard material automatically in a text

boil′er•plate`

or boil′er plate`,



n.
1. plating of iron or steel for making the shells of boilers, covering the hulls of ships, etc.
2.
a. syndicated or ready-to-print copy, used esp. by weekly newspapers.
b. trite, hackneyed writing.
3. phrases used repeatedly, as in correspondence.
4. the detailed standard wording of a contract.
[1855–60]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.boilerplate - standard formulations uniformly found in certain types of legal documents or news stories
contract - a binding agreement between two or more persons that is enforceable by law
formulation, expression - the style of expressing yourself; "he suggested a better formulation"; "his manner of expression showed how much he cared"
2.boilerplate - thick plate iron used in the production of boilers
boiler, steam boiler - sealed vessel where water is converted to steam
plate iron - a plate of iron
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Compared to the other proposals they receive, which are jammed with tired boilerplate copy, your direct, five-to-10-page proposal will be the freshest offering on the conference room table.
While boilerplate copy is acceptable and adequate ("Cancel within 30 days for a full refund"), copy that dramatizes the guarantee with particular performance levels sounds more convincing.
Grace Company, has since made a second career of promoting the report by making speeches and television appearances, and providing boilerplate copy for newspaper editorials.