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Meaning of boilerplate

boil•er•plate

Pronunciation: (boi'lur-plāt"), [key]
— n.
  1. plating of iron or steel for making the shells of boilers, covering the hulls of ships, etc.
    1. syndicated or ready-to-print copy, used esp. by weekly newspapers.
    2. trite, hackneyed writing.
  2. the detailed standard wording of a contract, warranty, etc.
  3. phrases or units of text used repeatedly, as in correspondence produced by a word-processing system.
  4. frozen, crusty, hard-packed snow, often with icy patches.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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