Staple meaning

stāpəl
Staple is something that is essential or important.

An example of something that would be described as a staple diet item is a fruit or vegetable.

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A U-shaped metal fastener, used to attach fence wire or other material to posts or structures.

The rancher used staples to attach the barbed wire to the fence-posts.

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The definition of a staple is the key commodity of a region or an important part of something.

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.

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Regularly found on the market or in stock as a result of a constant demand.
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Most important; leading; principal.

Staple industries.

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Staple means a metal or wire closure which is used to hold papers or other things together.

An example of a staple is a piece of wire that punctures and holds five pages together.

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Staple is defined as to attach things together with pieces of wire called "staples."

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.

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A basic or principal element or feature.
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Principal; main.

A staple topic of conversation.

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To grade (fibers) according to length and fineness.
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A thin piece of wire shaped as three sides of a square so that it can be driven into thin or soft material, such as paper, and bent to function as a fastener.
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A similarly shaped piece of metal with pointed ends, driven into a surface to secure a bolt, hook, hasp, or length of wiring.
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To secure or fasten by means of a staple or staples.
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The chief commodity, or any of the most important commodities, made, grown, or sold in a particular place, region, country, etc.
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A chief item, part, material, or element in anything.
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Any chief item of trade, regularly stocked and in constant demand.

Flour, sugar, and salt are staples.

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The fiber of cotton, wool, flax, etc., with reference to length and fineness.
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Produced, consumed, or exported regularly and in quantity.
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To sort (wool, cotton, etc.) according to the nature of its staple.
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A U-shaped piece of metal with sharp, pointed ends, driven into a surface to keep a hook, hasp, wire, etc. firmly in place.
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A similar piece of thin wire driven through papers and clinched over as a binding.
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To fasten or bind with a staple or staples.
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A basic dietary item, such as flour, rice, or corn.
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(now historical) A town containing merchants who have exclusive right, under royal authority, to purchase or produce certain goods for export; also, the body of such merchants seen as a group.
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(by extension) Place of supply; source.
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The principal commodity produced in a town or region.
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Rice is a staple in the diet of many cultures.

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A recurring topic or character.
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Short fiber, as of cotton, sheep's wool, or the like, which can be spun into yarn or thread.

Tow is flax with short staple.

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Unmanufactured material; raw material.
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To sort according to its staple.

To staple cotton.

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Relating to, or being market of staple for, commodities.

A staple town.

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Established in commerce; occupying the markets; settled.

A staple trade.

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Fit to be sold; marketable.

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Regularly produced or manufactured in large quantities; belonging to wholesale traffic; principal; chief.
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A wire fastener used to secure stacks of paper by penetrating all the sheets and curling around.
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A wire fastener used to secure something else by penetrating and curling.

Can you believe they use staples to hold cars together these days?

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One of a set of U-shaped metal rods hammered into a structure, such as a piling or wharf, which serve as a ladder.

Fortunately, there were staples in the quay wall, and she was able to climb out of the water.

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(mining) A shaft, smaller and shorter than the principal one, joining different levels.
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A small pit.
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A district granted to an abbey.

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To secure with a staple.
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A principal raw material or commodity grown or produced in a region.
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A major item of trade in steady demand.
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A basic dietary item, such as flour, rice, or corn.
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The fiber of cotton, wool, or flax, graded as to length and fineness.
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Produced or stocked in large quantities to meet steady demand.

Wheat is a staple crop.

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Origin of staple

  • Middle English official market for purchase of export goods from Anglo-Norman estaple perhaps from Middle Dutch stāpel heap, emporium

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English from Old English stapol post, pillar

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Probably from Middle English staple, pillar, post, from Old English stapol (“post, pillar"). See also Old English steppan (“to step") and Old French estaple (“post"). Consider also stapes (“stirrup"), from Latin.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Anglo-Norman estaple, Old French estaple (“market, (trading) post"), ultimately from Proto-Germanic *stapulaz, from Proto-Indo-European *stebÊ°- (“post, stem"). Compare staff.

    From Wiktionary