What does staple mean?

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ˈsteɪ pəlsta·ple

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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"


  1. staple(v. t.)

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

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

  16. Origin: [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.]


  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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  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. Stephanie Dillard:

    And grits are a staple in the South, students really want to eat their grits.

  2. William Shakespeare:

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

  3. Kevin Myers:

    It was really a staple for our troops and its credited with winning the war on many fronts for the allies.

  4. Kelly Knudson:

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

  5. Luigi Guarino:

    A lot of people in south and east Africa will have to move away from maize, which is the main staple at the moment.

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Translations for staple

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  • أساسيArabic
  • Grundnahrungsmittel, Ausgangsmaterial, Heftklammer, GrundversorgungGerman
  • συνδετήρας, συρράβωGreek
  • engrapar, alimento de primera necesidad, materia prima, corchete, esencialidad, grapa, grapar, producto principal, alimento básicoSpanish
  • aspi, niitti, nitoa, peruselintarvike, askelma, perustarvike, nitomanastaFinnish
  • agrafe, agraferFrench
  • amhábhar, príomh-amhábharIrish
  • lhoob yiarnManx
  • kapocs, fémkapocs, tűzőkapocsHungarian
  • uppistöðumatur, hefti, hefta, uppistöðuefni, kengur, grunnvara, hráefni, vírhefti, nauðsynjar, baðmullarþræðir, nauðsynjavörur, aðalframleiðsluvara, uppistaða, aðalverslunarvara, hörtrefjar, ullarþræðirIcelandic
  • pinzare, prodotto principale, risorsa, materia prima, prodotto, graffetta, alimento base, prodotto di baseItalian
  • tēpara, makatitiMāori
  • krampeNorwegian
  • nieten, basisvoedsel, niet, basisbenodigdheid, haakDutch
  • krampeNorwegian Nynorsk
  • zszyć, klamra, podstawowy artykuł, zszywka, podstawowe pożywienie, stapelPolish
  • grampo, grampear, agrafarPortuguese
  • capsăRomanian
  • основной продукт питания, скрепка, скреплятьRussian
  • sirovinaSerbo-Croatian
  • stapelvara, häftklammer, klammer, krampaSwedish
  • tel zımba, esas, temel besin, başlıca, temel gıdaTurkish

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