What does staple mean?

Definitions for staple
ˈsteɪ pəlsta·ple

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word staple.

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.

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

    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.]

  2. Staplenoun

    hence: Place of supply; source; fountain head

    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.]

  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

    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.]

  4. Staplenoun

    the principal constituent in anything; chief item

    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.]

  5. Staplenoun

    unmanufactured material; raw material

    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.]

  6. Staplenoun

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

    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.]

  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

    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.]

  8. Staplenoun

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

    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.]

  9. Staplenoun

    a small pit

    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.]

  10. Staplenoun

    a district granted to an abbey

    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.]

  11. Stapleadjective

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

    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.]

  12. Stapleadjective

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

    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.]

  13. Stapleadjective

    fit to be sold; marketable

    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.]

  14. Stapleadjective

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

    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.]

  15. Stapleverb

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

    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. Jason Kidd:

    I think its a different day and age because theyre in New York. Like, nobody has to cross the river to come see them play, what we were doing and no matter how much we were winning, were still in the Meadowlands. So I think that was a deterrent to people, and then the Knicks historical brand, its always going to be that. No matter what the Nets do, the Knicks staple, thats always going to be there. But I think if they come in and win a championship, that will change. That will change the dynamic of the area, I believe.

  2. William Shakespeare:

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

  3. Stacy Anderson:

    Grilled corn is a staple in 4th of July barbecues, but if you really want to take it up a notch, you've got to make this spicy butter to serve with it.

  4. Senzeni Zokwana:

    Maize is one of our staple foods which our people depend upon so our department would approach other funding agencies.

  5. Zhang Aiguo:

    Potatoes can make hundreds or even thousands of dishes, as well as more than 200 types of staple and western-style food, if more and more consumers get to know that potatoes have more nutrition, they are willing to take them. People nowadays care more about quality and healthy food.

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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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