staple

  • 1 Staple — may mean:*Staple (fastener), a formed metal fastener used to secure sheets of material or wires, so they will not fall apart of each other. *Staple food, a foodstuff that forms the basic constituent of a diet. It is a standard commodity rather… …

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  • 2 Staple — Sta ple (st[=a] p l), n. [AS. stapul, stapol, stapel, a step, a prop, post, table, fr. stapan to step, go, raise; akin to D. stapel a pile, stocks, emporium, G. stapela heap, mart, stake, staffel step of a ladder, Sw. stapel, Dan. stabel, and E.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 staple — Ⅰ. staple [1] ► NOUN 1) a small flattened U shaped piece of wire used to fasten papers together. 2) a small U shaped metal bar with pointed ends for driving into wood to hold things in place. ► VERB ▪ secure with a staple or staples. ORIGIN Old… …

    English terms dictionary

  • 4 staple — sta ple, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {stapled} ( p ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {stapling}.] 1. To sort according to its staple; as, to staple cotton. [1913 Webster] 2. To fasten together with a staple[9] or staples; as, to staple a check to a letter. [PJC] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 Staple — Sta ple, a. 1. Pertaining to, or being a market or staple for, commodities; as, a staple town. [R.] [1913 Webster] 2. Established in commerce; occupying the markets; settled; as, a staple trade. Dryden. [1913 Webster] 3. Fit to be sold;… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 STAPLE! — The Independent Media Expo is an annual convention in Austin, Texas, United States, for alternative comics, minicomics, webcomics, zines, underground comics, and graphic arts. Chris Nicholas founded the conference as a gathering place for… …

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  • 7 Staple — (Wool) A wool sorting term denoting whether the wool is of sufficient strength and the fibres sound enough for making warp yarn. A collection of several tufts of wool connected together by a binder (see Tufts (wool) STAPLE A term indicating the… …

    Dictionary of the English textile terms

  • 8 staple — staple1 [stā′pəl] n. [ME stapel < OFr estaple < MDu stapel, mart, emporium, post, orig. support, akin to STAPLE2] 1. the chief commodity, or any of the most important commodities, made, grown, or sold in a particular place, region, country …

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  • 9 Staple — Stapel País …

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  • 10 staple — index item, stock in trade Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 11 staple n — staple diet …

    English expressions

  • 12 staple — [adj] necessary, basic chief, essential, fundamental, important, in demand, key, main, popular, predominant, primary, principal, standard; concept 546 Ant. auxiliary, extra, minor, secondary, unnecessary …

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  • 13 Staple — 50° 44′ 55″ N 2° 27′ 12″ E / 50.7486, 2.4533 …

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  • 14 staple — ▪ I. staple sta‧ple 1 [ˈsteɪpl] noun [countable] 1. OFFICE a small piece of thin wire that is pushed into sheets of paper and bent over to hold them together 2. a food that is needed and used all the time: • staples like flour and rice …

    Financial and business terms

  • 15 staple — sta|ple1 [ˈsteıpəl] n [Sense: 1 2; Origin: Old English stapol post ] [Sense: 3 4; Date: 1300 1400; Origin: . Middle Dutch stapel place of trade ] 1.) a small piece of thin wire that is pushed into sheets of paper and bent over to hold them… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 staple — [[t]ste͟ɪp(ə)l[/t]] staples, stapling, stapled 1) ADJ: ADJ n A staple food, product, or activity is one that is basic and important in people s everyday lives. Rice is the staple food of more than half the world s population... The Chinese also… …

    English dictionary

  • 17 staple — 01. Please [staple] your test sheet to your essay paper before handing it in. 02. I cut my finger on a [staple] during the test, and got blood all over the paper. 03. Rice is the most important [staple] in the diet of many Asian countries. 04.… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 18 staple — A major commodity grown, traded and demanded; e.g. grain, salt, flour. Such commodity is usually very important to the local economy where it is grown or produced. Raw material. In English law, a mart or market. A place where the buying and… …

    Black's law dictionary

  • 19 staple — staple1 /stay peuhl/, n., v., stapled, stapling. n. 1. a short piece of wire bent so as to bind together papers, sections of a book, or the like, by driving the ends through the sheets and clinching them on the other side. 2. a similar, often U… …

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  • 20 staple — I UK [ˈsteɪp(ə)l] / US noun [countable] Word forms staple : singular staple plural staples * 1) a) a small piece of wire that you press through pieces of paper with a small object called a stapler so that the ends of the wire bend over and fasten …

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