What does staple mean?

Definitions for staple
ˈsteɪ pəlsta·ple

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. basic, staplenoun

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

  2. staple, staple fiber, staple fibrenoun

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

    "staple fibers vary widely in length"

  3. raw material, staplenoun

    material suitable for manufacture or use or finishing

  4. staplenoun

    a short U-shaped wire nail for securing cables

  5. stapleadjective

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

  6. stapleverb

    necessary or important, especially regarding food or commodities

    "wheat is a staple crop"

  7. stapleverb

    secure or fasten with a staple or staples

    "staple the papers together"

GCIDE

  1. stapleverb

    To fasten together with a staple or staples; as, to staple a check to a letter.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Stapleadjective

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Some English wool, vex’d in a Belgian loom,
    And into cloth of spungy softness made:
    Did into France or colder Denmark roam,
    To ruin with worse ware our staple trade. Dryden.

    What needy writer would not solicit to work under such masters, who will take off their ware at their own rates, and trouble not themselves to examine whether it be staple or no? Jonathan Swift.

  2. Staplenoun

    Etymology: estape, Fr. stapel, Dutch.

    A staple of romance and lies,
    False tears, and real perjuries. Matthew Prior.

    The customs of Alexandria were very great, it having been the staple of the Indian trade. John Arbuthnot, on Coins.

    Tyre, Alexander the Great sacked, and establishing the staple at Alexandria, made the greatest revolution in trade that ever was known. Arbuthnot.

    Henry II. granted liberty of coining to certain abbies, allowing them one staple, and two puncheons at a rate. William Camden.

  3. Staplenoun

    A loop of iron; a bar bent and driven in at both ends.

    Etymology: estape, Fr. stapel, Dutch.

    I have seen staples of doors and nails born. Henry Peacham.

    The silver ring she pull’d, the door reclos’d:
    The bolt, obedient to the silken cord,
    To the strong staple’s inmost depth restor’d,
    Secur’d the valves. Alexander Pope, Odyssey.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Staplenoun

    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. Staplenoun

    hence: Place of supply; source; fountain head

  3. Staplenoun

    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. Staplenoun

    the principal constituent in anything; chief item

  5. Staplenoun

    unmanufactured material; raw material

  6. Staplenoun

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

  7. Staplenoun

    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. Staplenoun

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

  9. Staplenoun

    a small pit

  10. Staplenoun

    a district granted to an abbey

  11. Stapleadjective

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

  12. Stapleadjective

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

  13. Stapleadjective

    fit to be sold; marketable

  14. Stapleadjective

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

  15. Stapleverb

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

  16. Etymology: [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. step; cf. OF. estaple a mart, F. tape. See Step.]

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Staple

    stā′pl, n. a settled mart or market: the principal production or industry of a district or country: the principal element: the thread of textile fabrics: unmanufactured material.—adj. established in commerce: regularly produced for market.—n. Stā′pler, a dealer. [O. Fr. estaple—Low Ger. stapel, a heap.]

  2. Staple

    stā′pl, n. a loop of iron, &c., for holding a bolt, &c.: the metallic tube to which the reed is fastened in the oboe, &c. [A.S. stapel, a prop—stapan, step; cf. Ger. stapel.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. staple

    Merchants of the staple formerly meant those who exported the staple wares of the country.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of staple in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of staple in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of staple in a Sentence

  1. Ryosuke Katagi:

    While carmakers are planning ‘revenge production’ in November and December, clouds still loom - semiconductor shortages will last until year-end at least, and no one knows if carmakers’ plans to avert the impact of chip shortages by adjusting their supply chains would succeed, dragged down by staple cars, sluggish export growth will last for the rest of 2021.

  2. Kelly Knudson:

    Corn is just one plant, but in the Andes it was really important as a dietary staple, [and] also a ritual product.

  3. Anna Ready:

    They changed the underlying definition of staple foods to exclude foods that have multiple ingredients so that a mixed fruit cup or can of chicken noodle soup could no longer be counted towards a retailer’s stocking requirements, this is extremely onerous for small format retailers with limited storage space and it would be very costly to change supply and delivery, or even remodel a store, to comply with this.

  4. Robert Passikoff:

    They have been for a very long period of time this kind of staple of the middle class, that doesn't really seem to be the case anymore. If people are not flocking to those brands, you need to be able to look for other audiences and other distribution points.

  5. William Shakespeare:

    He draweth out the thread of his verbosity finer than the staple of his argument.

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Translations for staple

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  • أساسيArabic
  • Grundversorgung, Grundnahrungsmittel, Heftklammer, AusgangsmaterialGerman
  • συνδετήρας, συρράβωGreek
  • producto principal, grapar, grapa, esencialidad, corchete, materia prima, alimento básico, alimento de primera necesidad, engraparSpanish
  • askelma, nitomanasta, peruselintarvike, nitoa, aspi, perustarvike, niittiFinnish
  • agrafe, agraferFrench
  • amhábhar, príomh-amhábharIrish
  • lhoob yiarnManx
  • kapocs, tűzőkapocs, fémkapocsHungarian
  • aðalverslunarvara, hefta, nauðsynjavörur, uppistöðuefni, kengur, aðalframleiðsluvara, baðmullarþræðir, ullarþræðir, uppistöðumatur, nauðsynjar, uppistaða, hefti, hörtrefjar, vírhefti, hráefni, grunnvaraIcelandic
  • prodotto, graffetta, prodotto di base, materia prima, alimento base, risorsa, pinzare, prodotto principaleItalian
  • tēpara, makatitiMāori
  • krampeNorwegian
  • basisvoedsel, niet, nieten, haak, basisbenodigdheidDutch
  • krampeNorwegian Nynorsk
  • stapel, podstawowy artykuł, zszywka, zszyć, klamra, podstawowe pożywieniePolish
  • grampo, agrafar, grampearPortuguese
  • capsăRomanian
  • скрепка, скреплять, основной продукт питанияRussian
  • sirovinaSerbo-Croatian
  • häftklammer, stapelvara, klammer, krampaSwedish
  • başlıca, tel zımba, temel gıda, temel besin, esasTurkish

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