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staple Explained

staple at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


staple at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

n [C] [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 together:
2 a small U-shaped piece of metal with pointed ends, used to hold something in place:
3 a food that is needed and used all the time: --staples like flour and rice//
4 the main product that is produced in a country: --Bananas and sugar are the staples of Jamaica.//
staple 2 v [T] to fasten two or more things together with a staple// staple sth together// --The handouts are all stapled together.// staple sth to sth// --I stapled the order form to the invoice.//
staple 3 adj [only before noun]
1 forming the greatest or most important part of something: --Oil is Nigeria's staple export.// --a staple ingredient of comedy//
2 staple diet: a) the food that you normally eat// staple diet of// --They live on a staple diet of rice and vegetables.// b) something that is always being produced, seen, bought etc// staple diet of// --television's staple diet of soap operas and quiz shows//
3 used all the time: --Marty's staple excuses //

staple at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

161 Moby Thesaurus words for "staple":
anchored, article, article of commerce, article of merchandise,
articulate, auto show, basic, basics, batten, batten down, bazaar,
boat show, body, bolt, bonanza, buckle, bulk, butt, button,
catalog goods, chief, clasp, cleat, clip, commercial complex,
commodities, commodity, consumer goods, consumer items,
conventional, core, cornucopia, corpus, critical, customary,
dovetail, drug, effects, elementary, emporium, essential,
essentials, exposition, eye, fair, fastened, feature, fixed,
flea fair, flea market, font, fount, fountain, fundamental,
fundamentals, gold mine, goods, goods for sale, habitual, hasp,
hinge, hitch, hook, indispensable, inventory, item, jam, job lot,
joint, latch, lead item, leader, line, line of goods, lock, lode,
loss leader, mail-order goods, main, market, market overt,
marketplace, mart, mass, material resources, materials, materiel,
merchandise, mine, miter, mortise, nail, necessary, necessities,
normal, open market, ordinary, peg, pin, plaza, prevailing,
primary, principal, product, quarry, rabbet, raw material,
required, requisite, resource, rialto, ring, rivet, riveted, scarf,
screw, seconds, set, settled, sew, shopping center, shopping mall,
shopping plaza, show, sideline, skewer, snap, source,
source of supply, special, spring, standard, standard article,
staple item, staples, stated, stick, stitch, stock, stock-in-trade,
store, street market, stuff, substance, substances, supply, tack,
toggle, trade fair, universal, usual, vein, vendible, vendibles,
vital, ware, wares, wedge, well, wellspring, zipper

staple at English => English (English Thesaurus) Of Explained:

[N] (Connection): {Connecting media}: pin, corking pin, nail, brad, tack, skewer, staple, corrugated fastener, clamp, pawl, screw, button, buckle, clasp, hasp, hinge, latch, bolt, hook, lock, padlock, rivet, anchor, stake, post.

[N] (Whole): {Principal part}: bulk, mass, lump, tissue, staple, body, trunk, torso, hull, hulk, skeleton greater part, major part, best part, principal part, main part, essential part, importance, lion's share, the long and the short, nearly, all, almost all.

[N] (Materials): material, raw material, stuff, stock, staple, supplies, munition, fuel.

staple at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

adjective, noun, verb
adjective [only before noun] forming a basic, large or important part of sth:
The staple crop is rice. * Jeans are a staple part of everyone's wardrobe.
1 a small piece of wire that is used in a device called a STAPLER and is pushed through pieces of paper and bent over at the ends in order to fasten the pieces of paper together
2 a small piece of metal in the shape of a U that is hit into wooden surfaces using a hammer, used especially for holding electrical wires in place
3 a basic type of food that is used a lot:
Aid workers helped distribute corn, milk and other staples.
4 something that is produced by a country and is important for its economy:
Rubber became the staple of the Malayan economy.
5 ~ (of sth) a large or important part of sth:
Royal gossip is a staple of the tabloid press.
verb [VN +adv./prep.] to attach one thing to another using a staple or staples:
Staple the invoice to the receipt. * Staple the invoice and the receipt together.

STAPLE at English => English (Bouviers Law) Of Explained:

STAPLE, intern. law. The right of staple as exercised by a people upon
foreign merchants, is defined to be, that they may not allow them to set
their merchandises and wares to sale but in a certain place.
2. This practice is not in use in the United States. 1 Chit. Com. Law,
103; 4 Inst. 238; Malone, Lex Mere. 237; Bac. Ab. Execution, B 1. Vide
Statute Staple.

Staple at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Staple \Sta"ple\, 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. step cf. OF. estaple a mart, F. ['e]tape. See {Step}.]
1. 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.

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

For the increase of trade and the encouragement of
the worthy burgesses of Woodstock, her majesty was
minded to erect the town into a staple for wool.
--Sir W.

Note: In England, formerly, the king's staple was established
in certain ports or towns, and certain goods could not
be exported without being first brought to these places
to be rated and charged with the duty payable of the
king or the public. The principal commodities on which
customs were lived were wool, skins, and leather; and
these were originally the staple commodities.

2. Hence: Place of supply; source; fountain head.

Whitehall naturally became the chief staple of news.
Whenever there was a rumor that any thing important
had happened or was about to happen, people hastened
thither to obtain intelligence from the fountain
head. --Macaulay.

3. 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.

We should now say, Cotton is the great staple, that
is, the established merchandize, of Manchester.

4. The principal constituent in anything; chief item.

5. Unmanufactured material; raw material.

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

7. 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

8. (Mining)
(a) A shaft, smaller and shorter than the principal one,
joining different levels.
(b) A small pit.

9. A district granted to an abbey. [Obs.] --Camden.

Staple \Sta"ple\, a.
1. Pertaining to, or being market of staple for, commodities;
as, a staple town. [R.]

2. Established in commerce; occupying the markets; settled;
as, a staple trade. --Dryden.

3. Fit to be sold; marketable. [R.] --Swift.

4. Regularly produced or manufactured in large quantities;
belonging to wholesale traffic; principal; chief.

Wool, the great staple commodity of England.

Staple \Sta"ple\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {stapled}; p. pr. & vb. n.
To sort according to its staple; as, to staple cotton.

staple at English => English (Computer) Of Explained:


A programming language written at Manchester
(University?) and used at {ICL} in the early 1970s for writing
the test suites. STAPLE was based on {Algol 68} and had a
very advanced {optimising compiler}.



Saint Andrews Applicative Persistent Language. Language
combining functional programming with persistent storage,
developed at St. Andrews University in Scotland. Tony Davie,

staple at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

n 1: (usually plural) a necessary commodity for which demand is
constant [syn: {basic}]
2: material suitable for manufacture or use or finishing [syn:
{raw material}]
3: a short U-shaped wire nail for securing cables
4: paper fastener consisting of a short length of U-shaped wire
that can fasten papers together

v : secure or fasten with a staple or staples; "staple the
papers together" [ant: {unstaple}]

adj : necessary foods or commodities; "wheat is a staple crop"

staple at English (WD) Of Explained:



* Inter: a » RP|US Inter: IPA » /ˈsteɪ.pl/, Inter: X-SAMPA » /"
  • Inter: rhymes » eɪpəl

    Etymology 1

    Inter: wikipedia » The Staple

  • From Inter: etyl » xno|en Inter: term » estaple, Inter: etyl » fro|en Inter: term » estaple||lang=fro|market, (trading) post, ultimately from Inter: etyl » gem-pro|en Inter: recons » stapulaz|lang=gem-pro, from Inter: etyl » ine-pro|en Inter: recons » stebʰ-||post, stem|lang=ine-pro. Compare Inter: term » staff|lang=en.


    Inter: en-nou » n
  • Inter: context » now|_|historical A town containing merchants who have exclusive right, under royal authority, to purchase or produce certain goods for export; also, the body of such merchants seen as a group.
    1. 2011, Thomas Penn, Winter King, Penguin 2012, p. 73:
    2. :Calais was one of the ‘principal treasures’ of the crown, of both strategic and economic importance. It was home to the staple, the crown-controlled marketplace for England's lucrative textile trade, whose substantial customs and tax revenues flooded into Henry's coffers.
    3. The principal commodity produced in a town or region.
    4. 1929, Inter: w » M. Barnard Eldershaw, Category: w - :A House is Built|A House Is Built, Chapter VIII, Section ii:
    5. :The pastoral industry, which had weathered the severe depression of the early forties by recourse to boiling down the sheep for their tallow, and was now firmly re-established as the staple industry of the colony, was threatened once more with eclipse.
    6. A basic or essential supply.
    7. : Rice is a staple in the diet of many cultures.
    8. A recurring topic or character.
    9. 2010, The Economist, Jul-Aug 2010, p. 27:
    10. : In most countries, rubbish makes headlines only when it is not collected, and stinking sacks lie heaped on the streets. In Britain bins are a front-page staple.
    11. Short fiber, as of cotton, sheep’s wool, or the like, which can be spun into yarn or thread.
    12. : Tow is flax with short staple.
      Inter: trans-top » basic or essential supply

  • Dutch: Inter: t- » nl|basisbenodigdheid|f
  • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|perustarvike
  • German: Inter: t- » de|Ausgangsmaterial|n
  • Icelandic: Inter: t- » is|aðalframleiðsluvara|f, Inter: t- » is|aðalverslunarvara|f, Inter: t- » is|grunnvara|f, Inter: t- » is|nauðsynjar|f|p, Inter: t- » is|nauðsynjavörur|f|p
  • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|prodotto|m

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Polish: Inter: t- » pl|podstawowy artykuł|m
    • Serbo-Croatian: Inter: t- » sh|sirovina|f
    • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|esencialidad, Inter: t- » es|materia prima|f, Inter: t- » es|producto principal|m
    • Swedish: Inter: t- » sv|stapelvara|c
    • Turkish: Inter: t+ » tr|başlıca, Inter: t+ » tr|esas

    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » basic food
    • Dutch: Inter: t- » nl|basisvoedsel|n
    • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|peruselintarvike
    • German: Inter: t- » de|Grundnahrungsmittel|n
    • Icelandic: Inter: t- » is|uppistaða|f, Inter: t- » is|uppistöðumatur|m, Inter: t- » is|uppistöðuefni|n, Inter: t- » is|hráefni|n
    • Polish: Inter: t- » pl|podstawowe pożywienie|n

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Russian: Inter: t- » ru|основной продукт питания|m|tr=osnovnój prodúkt pitánija
  • Serbo-Croatian: Inter: t- » sh|sirovina|f
  • Spanish: Inter: t- » es|cotiviano, Inter: t+ » es|elemental, Inter: t- » es|alimento básico|m
  • Turkish: Inter: t- » tr|temel besin, Inter: t- » tr|temel gıda

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » length of fibers in wool
    • Icelandic: Inter: t- » is|hörtrefjar|n|p, Inter: t- » is|ullarþræðir|n|p, Inter: t- » is|baðmullarþræðir|n|p

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Polish: Inter: t- » pl|stapel|m

  • Inter: trans-botto » m


    Inter: en-verb » stapl|ing
  • Inter: transitiv » e To sort according to its staple.
    1. : to staple cotton

      Etymology 2

      Category: Image - :Copper Staples No 50,60.JPG|thumb|A box of staples

    Probably from Inter: etyl » enm|en Inter: term » stapel|lang=enm|staple, pillar, post, from Inter: etyl » ang|en Inter: term » stapol||lang=ang|post, pillar. See also Inter: etyl » ang|- Inter: term » steppan||lang=ang|to step and Inter: etyl » fro|- Inter: term » estaple||lang=fro|post. Consider also Inter: term » stapes||lang=la|stirrup, from Inter: etyl » la|en.


    Inter: en-nou » n
  • A wire fastener used to secure stacks of paper by penetrating all the sheets and curling around.
    1. A wire fastener used to secure something else by penetrating and curling.
    2. : Can you believe they use staples to hold cars together these days?
    3. A U-shaped metal fastener, used to attach fence wire or other material to posts or structures.
    4. : The rancher used staples to attach the barbed wire to the fence-posts.
    5. One of a set of U-shaped metal rods hammered into a structure, such as a piling or wharf, which serve as a ladder.
    6. : Fortunately, there were staples in the quay wall, and she was able to climb out of the water.
      Inter: trans-top » wire fastener used to secure stacks of paper

  • Chinese:
  • : Mandarin: Inter: t- » cmn|訂書釘|sc=Hani, Inter: t- » cmn|订书钉|tr=dìngshūdīng|sc=Hani
  • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|niet|f
  • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|nitomanasta
  • French: Inter: t+ » fr|agrafe|f
  • German: Inter: t+ » de|Heftklammer|f
  • Greek: Inter: t+ » el|συνδετήρας|m
  • Hungarian: Inter: t- » hu|tűzőkapocs
  • Icelandic: Inter: t- » is|hefti|n
  • Manx: Inter: t- » gv|lhoob yiarn|m

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Polish: Inter: t+ » pl|zszywka|f
    • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|grampo
    • Romanian: Inter: t- » ro|capsă|f
    • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|скрепка|f|tr=skrépka
    • Sorbian:
    • : Upper Sorbian: Inter: t+ » hsb|spinka|f
    • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|grapa|f
    • Swedish: Inter: t- » sv|häftklammer|c
    • Turkish: Inter: t+ » tr|tel zımba

    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » wire fastener in general
    • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|niet|f
    • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|niitti
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|agrafe|f
    • Hungarian: Inter: t- » hu|fémkapocs, Inter: t+ » hu|kapocs

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Icelandic: Inter: t- » is|hefti|n, Inter: t+ » is|kengur|m, Inter: t- » is|vírhefti|n
  • Polish: Inter: t- » pl|klamra|f
  • Swedish: Inter: t- » sv|klammer|c

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » U-shaped metal fastener
    • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|aspi, Inter: t+ » fi|niitti
    • Icelandic: Inter: t- » is|hefti|n, Inter: t- » is|vírhefti|n
    • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|graffetta|f
    • Polish: Inter: t- » pl|klamra|f

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|grampo
  • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|corchete|m
  • Swedish: Inter: t- » sv|klammer|c, Inter: t+ » sv|krampa|c

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » one of set of rods hammered into structure
    • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|haak|m
    • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|askelma

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Icelandic: Inter: t- » is|hefti|n, Inter: t+ » is|kengur|m, Inter: t- » is|vírhefti|n
  • Polish: Inter: t- » pl|klamra|f

  • Inter: trans-botto » m


    Inter: en-verb » stapl|ing
  • Inter: transitiv » e To secure with a staple.
    Derived terms
    * stapler
    Inter: trans-top » secure with a staple
    • Chinese:
    • : Mandarin: Inter: t- » cmn|釘|sc=Hani, Inter: t- » cmn|钉|tr=dìng|sc=Hani
    • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|nieten
    • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|nitoa
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|agrafer
    • Greek: Inter: t- » el|συρράβω|tr=syrrávo|sc=Grek
    • Icelandic: Inter: t- » is|hefta

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Italian: Inter: t- » it|pinzare
  • Polish: zszyć
  • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|agrafar, Inter: t+ » pt|grampear
  • Romanian: Inter: t- » ro|capsa
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|скреплять|tr=skreplját'
  • Spanish: Inter: t- » es|grapar

  • Inter: trans-botto » m


    * palest, pastel, petals, plates, pleats, septal, tepals



  • Inter: de-verb form of » stapeln|1|s|g
    1. Inter: de-verb form of » stapeln|i|s
    2. Inter: de-verb form of » stapeln|1|s|k1
    3. Inter: de-verb form of » stapeln|3|s|k1

    Translation: cs » staple
    Translation: de » staple
    Translation: et » staple
    Translation: el » staple
    Translation: fa » staple
    Translation: fr » staple
    Translation: ko » staple
    Translation: io » staple
    Translation: it » staple
    Translation: kn » staple
    Translation: ku » staple
    Translation: hu » staple
    Translation: my » staple
    Translation: pl » staple
    Translation: pt » staple
    Translation: fi » staple
    Translation: ta » staple
    Translation: te » staple
    Translation: vi » staple
    Translation: zh » staple