The definition of a staple is the key commodity of a region or an important part of something.noun
- An example of a staple is a healthy diet of fruits and vegetables.
- A country's key export is an example of a staple of the economy.
Staple is something that is essential or important.adjective
An example of something that would be described as a staple diet item is a fruit or vegetable.
Staple means a metal or wire closure which is used to hold papers or other things together.noun
An example of a staple is a piece of wire that punctures and holds five pages together.
Staple is defined as to attach things together with pieces of wire called "staples."verb
An example of staple is when you use a tool called a "stapler" to hold two pieces of paper together with wire ejected and bent by the stapler to hold the papers as a unit.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
- the chief commodity, or any of the most important commodities, made, grown, or sold in a particular place, region, country, etc.
- a chief item, part, material, or element in anything
- any chief item of trade, regularly stocked and in constant demand: flour, sugar, and salt are staples
- the fiber of cotton, wool, flax, etc., with reference to length and fineness
Origin: ME stapel < OFr estaple < MDu stapel, mart, emporium, post, orig. support, akin to staple
- regularly found on the market or in stock as a result of a constant demand
- produced, consumed, or exported regularly and in quantity
- most important; leading; principal: staple industries
- a -shaped piece of metal with sharp, pointed ends, driven into a surface to keep a hook, hasp, wire, etc. firmly in place
- a similar piece of thin wire driven through papers and clinched over as a binding
Origin: ME stapel < OE stapol, post, pillar, akin to Ger stapel, stake, beam: for IE base see stamp
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- A principal raw material or commodity grown or produced in a region.
- A major item of trade in steady demand.
- A basic dietary item, such as flour, rice, or corn.
- A basic or principal element or feature.
- The fiber of cotton, wool, or flax, graded as to length and fineness.
- Produced or stocked in large quantities to meet steady demand: Wheat is a staple crop.
- Principal; main: a staple topic of conversation.
Origin: Middle English, official market for purchase of export goods, from Anglo-Norman estaple, perhaps from Middle Dutch stāpel, heap, emporium.
- A thin piece of wire in the shape of a square bracket that is driven by a device through sheets of paper or similar material and flattened to serve as a fastening.
- A U-shaped metal loop with pointed ends, driven into a surface to hold a bolt, hook, or hasp or to hold wiring in place.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English stapol, post, pillar.