or boil·er plate
- plating of iron or steel for making the shells of boilers, covering the hulls of ships, etc.
- syndicated or ready-to-print copy, used especially by weekly newspapers.
- trite, hackneyed writing.
- the detailed standard wording of a contract, warranty, etc.
- Informal. phrases or units of text used repeatedly, as in correspondence produced by a word-processing system.
- frozen, crusty, hard-packed snow, often with icy patches.
Origin of boilerplate
Examples from the Web for boilerplate
The boosting of local Democratic candidates was boilerplate.Bill Clinton's McConnell Attack May Be What We'll Remember From the Steak Fry
September 15, 2014
Those ideas are hardly original; indeed, they are Republican boilerplate.The Conservatives' Great Black Hope
May 19, 2014
The argument is boilerplate Al Qaeda, but many people in developing countries, Muslims and non-Muslims alike, find it persuasive.Death Squads in Kenya’s Shadow War on Shabaab Sympathizers
April 6, 2014
I actually quit prefacing my Ralph Nader screeds with the obligatory he-gave-us-the-seatbelt boilerplate years ago.Ralph Nader Has Truly Lost It
July 29, 2013
This is the kind of boilerplate that U.S. politicians often say about Israel.Marco Rubio Really Loves Israel and Has Pictures to Prove It
February 21, 2013
And this at, the end of it all, lined with boilerplate that even alcohol will not corrode and that only alcohol will tickle.The Red One
I put in the legal notices, whatever news items I had handy or had time to set up, and stuck in boilerplate as a filler.Land of the Burnt Thigh
Edith Eudora Kohl
I felt like a kind of human periwinkle encased in boilerplate and frozen with cold and funk.Carnacki, The Ghost Finder
William Hope Hodgson
- a form of mild-steel plate used in the production of boiler shells
- a copy made with the intention of making other copies from it
- 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
- a draft contract that can easily be modified to cover various types of transaction
- to incorporate standard material automatically in a text
Word Origin and History for boilerplate
newspaper (and now information technology) slang for "unit of writing that can be used over and over without change," 1893, from a literal meaning (1840) "metal rolled in large, flat plates for use in making steam boilers." The connecting notion is probably of sturdiness or reusability. From 1890s to 1950s, publicity items were cast or stamped in metal ready for the printing press and distributed to newspapers as filler. The largest supplier was Western Newspaper Union.