Definitions for stapleˈsteɪ pəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sta•pleˈsteɪ pəl(n.; v.)-pled, -pling.

  1. (n.)a short piece of wire bent so as to bind together papers or the like by driving the ends through the sheets and clinching them on the other side.

  2. a similar, oftenU-shaped piece of wire or metal with pointed ends for driving into a surface to hold a hasp, hook, pin, etc.

    Category: Building Trades

  3. (v.t.)to secure or fasten by a staple or staples.

Origin of staple:

bef. 900; ME stapel orig., support, post, OE stapol, c. OHG staffal foundation, ON stǫpull pillar

sta•pleˈsteɪ pəl(n.; adj.; v.)-pled, -pling.

  1. (n.)a principal raw material or commodity grown or manufactured in a locality.

    Category: Business

  2. a basic or necessary item of food:

    flour, salt, and other staples.

  3. a basic or principal item, feature, element, or part.

  4. the fiber of wool, cotton, flax, rayon, etc., considered with reference to length and fineness.

    Category: Textiles

  5. a standard length of textile fibers, representing the average of such fibers taken collectively:

    long-staple cotton.

    Category: Textiles

  6. (in medieval Europe) a town in which a body of merchants had the exclusive right to purchase certain goods for export.

    Category: Western History

  7. (adj.)chief or prominent among the products exported or produced by a country or district.

  8. basic, chief, or principal:

    staple industries.

  9. principally used:

    staple courses.

  10. (v.t.)to sort or classify according to the staple or fiber, as wool.

    Category: Textiles

Origin of staple:

1375–1425; place where merchants have trading rights < MD stapel; akin to staple1

Princeton's WordNet

  1. basic, staple(noun)

    (usually plural) a necessary commodity for which demand is constant

  2. staple, staple fiber, staple fibre(noun)

    a natural fiber (raw cotton, wool, hemp, flax) that can be twisted to form yarn

    "staple fibers vary widely in length"

  3. raw material, staple(noun)

    material suitable for manufacture or use or finishing

  4. staple(noun)

    a short U-shaped wire nail for securing cables

  5. staple(adj)

    paper fastener consisting of a short length of U-shaped wire that can fasten papers together

  6. staple(verb)

    necessary or important, especially regarding food or commodities

    "wheat is a staple crop"

  7. staple(verb)

    secure or fasten with a staple or staples

    "staple the papers together"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. staple(noun)ˈsteɪ pəl

    a small piece of wire pushed through pieces of paper to hold them together

  2. staple(verb)ˈsteɪ pəl

    to use a stapler to fasten pieces of paper together

    Print the pages out and staple them together.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Staple(noun)

    a settled mart; an emporium; a city or town to which merchants brought commodities for sale or exportation in bulk; a place for wholesale traffic

  2. Staple(noun)

    hence: Place of supply; source; fountain head

  3. Staple(noun)

    the principal commodity of traffic in a market; a principal commodity or production of a country or district; as, wheat, maize, and cotton are great staples of the United States

  4. Staple(noun)

    the principal constituent in anything; chief item

  5. Staple(noun)

    unmanufactured material; raw material

  6. Staple(noun)

    the fiber of wool, cotton, flax, or the like; as, a coarse staple; a fine staple; a long or short staple

  7. Staple(noun)

    a loop of iron, or a bar or wire, bent and formed with two points to be driven into wood, to hold a hook, pin, or the like

  8. Staple(noun)

    a shaft, smaller and shorter than the principal one, joining different levels

  9. Staple(noun)

    a small pit

  10. Staple(noun)

    a district granted to an abbey

  11. Staple(adj)

    pertaining to, or being market of staple for, commodities; as, a staple town

  12. Staple(adj)

    established in commerce; occupying the markets; settled; as, a staple trade

  13. Staple(adj)

    fit to be sold; marketable

  14. Staple(adj)

    regularly produced or manufactured in large quantities; belonging to wholesale traffic; principal; chief

  15. Staple(verb)

    to sort according to its staple; as, to staple cotton


  1. Staple

    A staple is a type of two-pronged fastener, usually metal, used for joining or binding materials together. Large staples might be used with a hammer or staple gun for masonry, roofing, corrugated boxes and other heavy-duty uses. Smaller staples are used with a stapler to attach pieces of paper together; such staples are a permanent and durable fastener for paper documents, unlike the paper clip.

Anagrams of staple

  1. Palest

  2. Petals

  3. Plates

  4. Pleats

  5. Septal

  6. Tepals

Translations for staple

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a chief product of trade or industry.

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