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  1. boilerplatenoun

    standard formulations uniformly found in certain types of legal documents or news stories

  2. boilerplatenoun

    thick plate iron used in the production of boilers


  1. boilerplatenoun

    A sheet of steel used in the construction of a boiler.

  2. boilerplatenoun

    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.

  3. boilerplateadjective

    Describing text of a standard or routine nature.

    The contract contained all the usual boilerplate clauses.

  4. boilerplateadjective

    Used to describe a non-functional spacecraft used to test configuration and procedures.

    A boilerplate spacecraft was used to test the rocket


  1. Boilerplate

    A boilerplate spacecraft, also known as a DemoSat or mass simulator, is a nonfunctional craft or payload which is used to test various configurations and basic size, load, and handling characteristics of rocket launch vehicles. It is far less expensive to build multiple, full-scale, non-functional boilerplate spacecraft than it is to develop the full system. In this way, boilerplate spacecraft allow components and aspects of cutting-edge aerospace projects to be tested while detailed contracts for the final project are being negotiated. These tests may be used to develop procedures for mating a spacecraft to its launch vehicle, emergency access and egress, maintenance support activities, and various transportation processes. Boilerplate spacecraft are most commonly used to test manned spacecraft; for example, in the early 1960s, NASA performed many tests using boilerplate Apollo spacecraft atop Saturn I rockets, and Mercury spacecraft atop Atlas rockets. The Space Shuttle Enterprise was used as a boilerplate to test launch stack assembly and transport to the launch pad. The development of NASA's Project Constellation used boilerplate Orion spacecraft atop an Ares I rocket for initial testing.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of boilerplate in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of boilerplate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of boilerplate in a Sentence

  1. Robert Litt:

    I think there is a realistic concern here -- not just boilerplate -- but a realistic concern that witnesses could be affected, if you know that your name may be released publicly, you are going to be less likely to come forward and tell the truth than if you are going to be protected.

  2. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell:

    They all voted for the very same language in a bill in December, this is boilerplate language that has been in the law for almost 40 years that they all voted for three months ago in another bill.

  3. Laura Oggeri:

    This was standard boilerplate language... that all applicant cities have historically signed.

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