Definition of Boilerplate

1. Noun. Standard formulations uniformly found in certain types of legal documents or news stories.

Group relationships: Contract
Generic synonyms: Expression, Formulation

2. Noun. Thick plate iron used in the production of boilers.
Group relationships: Boiler, Steam Boiler
Generic synonyms: Plate Iron

Definition of Boilerplate

1. Adjective. Describing text of a standard or routine nature. ¹

2. Adjective. Used to describe a non-functional spacecraft used to test configuration and procedures. ¹

3. Noun. A sheet of steel used in the construction of a boiler. ¹

4. Noun. Standard text or program code used routinely and added with a text editor or word processor; text of a legal or official nature added to documents or labels. ¹

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Definition of Boilerplate

1. [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Boilerplate

boiler cupboard
boiler horsepower
boiler room
boiler rooms
boiler suit
boiler suits
boilermaker's deafness
boilerplate (current term)
boilers suit
boiling frog
boiling hot
boiling point
boiling point elevation
boiling points

Literary usage of Boilerplate

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Market Access After the Uruguay Round: Investment, Competition and by Pierre Sauvé, Americo Beviglia Zampetti (1996)
"... boilerplate items Not covered in the preceding sections are what might be termed "boilerplate" items. These relate to a number of substantive ..."

2. International Tax Issues Relating to Globalization: Hearing Before the edited by William V. Roth, Jr. (1999)
"Likewise, in assessing whether individual APAs constitute "return information," it is not significant that the 1RS has developed certain "boilerplate" ..."

3. Overview of the Third Text Retrieval Conference (Trec-3) edited by D. K. Harmon (1995)
"... and contained boilerplate language irrelevant to the topic (ie, ... boilerplate language in the topic descriptions, we scored the document vectors ..."

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