Definition of boilerplate in English:


Syllabification: boil·er·plate
Pronunciation: /ˈboilərˌplāt


  • 1Rolled steel for making boilers.
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    • Although some iron, steel, boilerplate, and machinery was smuggled through the blockade, the flow was meager and uncertain.
    • The finishing on pipes and joints was of a much higher quality than the prototype I'd last seen; polished brass fittings, varnished wood, a cast-iron boilerplate moulded around the door.
    • Take the samples and carry out the required metallurgical tests on your boilerplate.
  • 2 (boilerplates) Mountaineering Smooth, overlapping, and undercut slabs of rock: the ice-worn boilerplates
  • 3North American Writing that is clichéd or expresses a generally accepted opinion or belief: the same dreary boilerplate he’s been dishing up for years
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    • He has almost zero patience for boilerplate, even though he repeats it.
    • Otherwise, you will much more readily find your way to boilerplate and cliche.
    • Yet, at some point, moral precepts that appear neither straightforward nor doable become boilerplate that inspires cynicism rather than commitment.
  • 3.1Standardized pieces of text for use as clauses in contracts or as part of a computer program: some sections have been written as boilerplate for use in all proposals
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    • You'll note that the boilerplate text is subtly different.
    • Solanas was thrilled by her status as a soon-to-be-published writer, but it wasn't long before she began obsessing about the seemingly restrictive legal boilerplate of Girodias's contract.
    • Even though they are boilerplate clauses and ‘non-negotiable,’ they need to be reviewed by the artist to make sure that they can conform.

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