staple


staple
staple
staple1 [stā′pəl]
n.
[ME stapel < OFr estaple < MDu stapel, mart, emporium, post, orig. support, akin to STAPLE2]
1. the chief commodity, or any of the most important commodities, made, grown, or sold in a particular place, region, country, etc.
2. a chief item, part, material, or element in anything
3. any chief item of trade, regularly stocked and in constant demand [flour, sugar, and salt are staples]
4. the fiber of cotton, wool, flax, etc., with reference to length and fineness
adj.
1. regularly found on the market or in stock as a result of a constant demand
2. produced, consumed, or exported regularly and in quantity
3. most important; leading; principal [staple industries]
vt.
stapled, stapling
to sort (wool, cotton, etc.) according to the nature of its staple
staple2 [stā′pəl]
n.
[ME stapel < OE stapol, post, pillar, akin to Ger stapel, stake, beam: for IE base see STAMP]
1. a U-shaped piece of metal with sharp, pointed ends, driven into a surface to keep a hook, hasp, wire, etc. firmly in place
2. a similar piece of thin wire driven through papers and clinched over as a binding
vt.
stapled, stapling
to fasten or bind with a staple or staples

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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  • staple — sta ple, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {stapled} ( p ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {stapling}.] 1. To sort according to its staple; as, to staple cotton. [1913 Webster] 2. To fasten together with a staple[9] or staples; as, to staple a check to a letter. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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