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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
References in classic literature ?
And this at, the end of it all, lined with boilerplate that even alcohol will not corrode and that only alcohol will tickle.
Your inquiries can't be a boilerplate script because client stories must be able to go in their own direction.
Chapters 7 to 11 cover a variety of standard alliance clauses, including warranties, indemnities, and limitation of liability; maintenance and support obligations; confidentiality; termination and exit strategies; and various often-overlooked boilerplate provisions.
If the client turns into an angry and deter mined litigant, he or she can cost you an enormous amount of time and money, even if you included the boilerplate text.
More importantly, the headline captured the eyes of WSJ reporter Carlos Tejada, who mentioned Wireless and quoted its boilerplate description in last Tuesday's page-one 'Business Briefs' column.
In the news release, Synchronica Brings Mobile Email to Mass Market with Push-IMAP and SyncML, issued earlier today by Synchronica plc over PR Newswire, we are advised by the company that the fourth sentence in the boilerplate should read "Products include the mobile device management suite Mobile Manager and the Push Email and synchronization solution, Mobile Gateway" rather than "Products include die mobile device management suite Mobile Manager and the Push Email and synchronization solution 'Mobile Gateway'" as originally issued inadvertently.
Brauner, all but crushes the character under boilerplate psychological excuses, but her manipulative cruelty still never jibes with the caring character she is, too laboriously, revealed to be.
Fonda offered some boilerplate about Wajda's courage, but said nothing of its context aside from a useless reference to "state censorship.
17, 2007, with the following corrected version due to multiple revisions in the Touchstone Crystal boilerplate.
over PR Newswire, we are advised by the company that the second sentence in the boilerplate should read "In 2005, Par received approval for and introduced Megace(R) ES, its first branded pharmaceutical product, and expects to launch a second in 2006," rather than "In 2005, Par received approval for and introduced Megace(R) ES, its first branded pharmaceutical product, and will launch Cesamet(TM), its second branded product, in July 2006," as originally issued inadvertently.
Additionally," the boilerplate section continues, "in furtherance of our equal employment opportunity commitment [Contractor name] shall insist [emphasis added] that labor unions and other recruiting sources actively recruit and refer members of all protected groups for all positions, incorporate non-discriminatory provisions in all its contracts and purchase orders [yet another virus] and include the EEO logo, slogan or statement in all solicitations or advertisements for employees.
She shields the identity of her upper-crust informants so completely that she transforms them into bland composites spouting boilerplate sentiments.