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.
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How to use boilerplate in a sentence
All of this boilerplate stuff that is spread throughout your system, that really is focused within your terminal and should be contained within the terminal.
So use her boilerplate prompt to launch whatever topic you’d rather tell the truth about — or ask her for one.Carolyn Hax: How much truth about your daily struggle is too much for elderly mom? | Carolyn Hax | May 14, 2021 | Washington Post
When asked for comment, Facebook sent us the boilerplate “We’re still investigating this issue and will take any learnings to improve our systems going forward.”Bans lifted, ad outages, feature releases, and more CWV; Tuesday’s daily brief | Carolyn Lyden | February 23, 2021 | Search Engine Land
Even the recent BBC adaptation of Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Boy was able to elevate a boilerplate script with bold direction from Mira Nair that infused each frame with the vivid colors and cultural contradictions of postcolonial India.The Long Song Is a Brilliant Tale of Slavery’s End in Jamaica, Frustratingly Told | Judy Berman | January 29, 2021 | Time
I’ll spare you some of the boilerplate about the more obvious implications, but having a Senate majority is a big deal.Georgia Was A Disaster For Republicans, And It’s Not Clear Where They Can Go Next | Nate Silver (firstname.lastname@example.org) | January 11, 2021 | FiveThirtyEight
The boosting of local Democratic candidates was boilerplate.Bill Clinton's McConnell Attack May Be What We'll Remember From the Steak Fry | Ben Jacobs | September 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Yet today apparently that qualifies as right-wing boilerplate that would qualify Hurston as a race traitor.Standardized Tests Aren’t Racist: How Brown Kids Can Ace the Test to Get Into New York’s Stuyvesant | John McWhorter | June 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Those ideas are hardly original; indeed, they are Republican boilerplate.
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 | Margot Kiser | April 6, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In that same press conference, for instance, he repeated conservative boilerplate on repealing the Affordable Care Act.The Deal Has Passed, But Don’t Hold Your Breath for Bipartisanship | Jamelle Bouie | December 13, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
I felt like a kind of human periwinkle encased in boilerplate and frozen with cold and funk.Carnacki, The Ghost Finder | William Hope Hodgson
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
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 | Jack London
British Dictionary definitions for boilerplate
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
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