Definition of boilerplate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈboilərˌplāt/


1Rolled steel for making boilers.
Example sentences
  • 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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Syllabification: boil·er·plate

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