- steel rolled in large flat plates, used in making steam boilers
- syndicated features or fillers that are relatively timeless, sent to newspapers, formerly as stereotype plates, now often by wire, mail, or computer
- a glib, hackneyed statement reflecting a generally accepted opinion or belief
- any of the standard clauses or sections of a legal document
A generic clause about "assignability" that appears in lots of different types of contracts without being changed is an example of boilerplate.
- Steel in the form of flat plates used in making steam boilers.
- 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.
- 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 )
- 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 )
- Sports Snow having a hard icy crust on its surface.
(comparative more boilerplate, superlative most boilerplate)
- A sheet of steel used in the construction of a boiler.
- The rating-plate or nameplate required to be affixed to a boiler by the (UK) Boiler Explosions Act (1882)
- A plate attached to industrial machinery, identifying information such as manufacturer, model number, serial number, and power requirements.
- (computing) 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.
- They put that boilerplate on all the warning labels.
boilerplate - Computer Definition
Text that is used over and over with very little or no change. For example, boilerplate is essential in the legal profession as pre-written paragraphs are often combined to create agreements. It is also essential for canned responses in tech support and is a feature of many e-mail programs. Also called "stationery" and "templates," e-mail boilerplate enables a message with the same subject and body text to reply to different recipients. Unfortunately, the boilerplate feature is not always available, especially in Web-based e-mail, requiring several extra steps to accomplish the task. See boilerplate code and e-mail signature.
boilerplate - Legal Definition
- The sales person customizes such a proposal to the client but keeps the so-called 'boilerplate' information such as the "about the company" or "about the product" sections the same.
- Many sales and marketing departments have a standard "boilerplate" proposal already written to use when drafting a formal proposal for a client.