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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.


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
to incorporate standard material automatically in a text


or boil′er plate`,

1. plating of iron or steel for making the shells of boilers, covering the hulls of ships, etc.
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.
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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And this at, the end of it all, lined with boilerplate that even alcohol will not corrode and that only alcohol will tickle.
the problem of manual implementation of patterns, resulting in boilerplate code
The choice of governing law and even the boilerplate language itself can impact fundamental issues relating to the agreement the parties have reached (or, at least, the agreement they thought they had reached).
It views the exercise of boilerplate contracting as anything but a dignified, autonomous agreement.
I noted with interest that the Women's Day order form includes the now-familiar boilerplate, "Occasionally we give permission to qualified organizations to mail to our subscribers.
Open any labor contract and the language contained in it has boilerplate language.
Content library--the central storage for reusable boilerplate text and graphics (e.
delegation tried determinedly to edit the conference's boilerplate draft declaration of support for the Cairo consensus by deleting references to reproductive health, family planning services, sexual health, and condoms, among other changes.
Negotiating and Drafting Contract Boilerplate (Tina L.
I know it's sappy, boilerplate, impossibly soapy, and woefully lacking in girl action, and I know that for all those reasons and more, liking it makes me a bad lesbian, but I can't help it.
Consequently, owners and managers should pay particular attention to typical boilerplate provisions and even try to enhance these clauses to include more substantive provisions customarily integrated into American contracts.
We contractors sometimes rationalize to ourselves that speedily produced deliverable plans and procedures--that have been made up from old documents, that is boilerplate, untailored to the present needs--might be an acceptable business practice.