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1staple

noun sta·ple \ˈstā-pəl\

Definition of STAPLE

:  a usually U-shaped fastener: as
a :  a metal loop both ends of which are driven into a surface to hold the hook, hasp, or bolt of a lock, secure a rope, or fix a wire in place
b :  a small wire both ends of which are driven through layers of thin and easily penetrable material (as paper) and usually clinched to hold the layers together
c :  a usually metal surgical fastener used to hold layers of tissue together (as in the closure of an incision)
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Origin of STAPLE

Middle English stapel post, staple, from Old English stapol post; akin to Middle Dutch stapel step, heap, emporium, Old English steppan to step
First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with STAPLE

2staple

transitive verb

: to attach (something) with staples

sta·pledsta·pling \-p(ə-)liŋ\

Full Definition of STAPLE

:  to provide with or secure by staples

Examples of STAPLE

  1. I stapled the pages in the upper left corner.

First Known Use of STAPLE

14th century

3staple

noun

Definition of STAPLE

1
:  a town used as a center for the sale or exportation of commodities in bulk
2
:  a place of supply :  source
3
:  a chief commodity or production of a place
4
a :  a commodity for which the demand is constant
b :  something having widespread and constant use or appeal
c :  the sustaining or principal element :  substance
6
a :  textile fiber (as wool and rayon) of relatively short length that when spun and twisted forms a yarn rather than a filament
b :  the length of a piece of such textile fiber

Origin of STAPLE

Middle English, from Anglo-French estaple, from Middle Dutch stapel emporium
First Known Use: 15th century

4staple

adjective

: used, needed, or enjoyed constantly by many people

: produced regularly or in large quantities

Full Definition of STAPLE

1
:  used, needed, or enjoyed constantly usually by many individuals
2
:  produced regularly or in large quantities <staple crops such as wheat and rice>

Examples of STAPLE

  1. such staple items as flour and sugar
  2. That's a staple plot in mystery novels.
  3. staple crops like wheat, rice, or sugarcane

First Known Use of STAPLE

1615
STAPLES Defined for Kids

1staple

noun sta·ple \ˈstā-pəl\

Definition of STAPLE for Kids

1
:  a short thin wire with bent ends that is punched through papers and squeezed to hold them together or punched through thin material to fasten it to a surface
2
:  a piece of metal shaped like a U with sharp points to be driven into a surface to hold something (as a hook, rope, or wire)

2staple

verb
sta·pledsta·pling

Definition of STAPLE for Kids

:  to fasten with staples

3staple

noun

Definition of STAPLE for Kids

1
:  a chief product of business or farming of a place
2
:  something that is used widely and often <I went shopping for bread, milk, and other staples.>
3
:  the chief part of something <Potatoes are the staple of their diet.>

4staple

adjective

Definition of STAPLE for Kids

1
:  much used, needed, or enjoyed usually by many people <a staple plot in mystery novels>
2
:  1principal, chief <staple crops>
Medical Dictionary

staple

noun sta·ple \ˈstā-pəl\

Medical Definition of STAPLE

:  a usually U-shaped and typically metal surgical fastener used to hold layers of tissue together (as in the closure of an incision)
staple transitive verb, sta·pled sta·pling
sta·pler \-plər\ noun

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