Pronunciation: (boi'lur-plāt"), [key]
1. plating of iron or steel for making the shells of boilers, covering the hulls of ships, etc.
a. syndicated or ready-to-print copy, used esp. by weekly newspapers.
b. trite, hackneyed writing.
3. the detailed standard wording of a contract, warranty, etc.
4. Informal.phrases or units of text used repeatedly, as in correspondence produced by a word-processing system.
5. frozen, crusty, hard-packed snow, often with icy patches. Also,boil'er plate".
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