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staple

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noun sta·ple \ˈstā-pəl\

Definition of staple

  1. :  a usually U-shaped fastener: asa :  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 placeb :  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 togetherc :  a usually metal surgical fastener used to hold layers of tissue together (as in the closure of an incision)



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


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staple

transitive verb sta·ple

Simple Definition of staple

  • : to attach (something) with staples

Full Definition of staple

sta·pledsta·pling play \-p(ə-)liŋ\

  1. :  to provide with or secure by staples

Examples of staple

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



14th Century

First Known Use of staple

14th century


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staple

noun sta·ple

Definition of staple

  1. 1 :  a town used as a center for the sale or exportation of commodities in bulk

  2. 2 :  a place of supply :  source

  3. 3 :  a chief commodity or production of a place

  4. 4a :  a commodity for which the demand is constantb :  something having widespread and constant use or appealc :  the sustaining or principal element :  substance

  5. 5 :  raw material

  6. 6a :  textile fiber (as wool and rayon) of relatively short length that when spun and twisted forms a yarn rather than a filamentb :  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


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staple

adjective sta·ple

Simple Definition of staple

  • : used, needed, or enjoyed constantly by many people

  • : produced regularly or in large quantities

Full Definition of staple

  1. 1 :  used, needed, or enjoyed constantly usually by many individuals

  2. 2 :  produced regularly or in large quantities <staple crops such as wheat and rice>

  3. 3 :  principal, chief

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



1615

First Known Use of staple

1615


Medical Dictionary

staple

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noun sta·ple \ˈstā-pəl\

Medical Definition of staple

  1. :  a usually U-shaped and typically metal surgical fastener used to hold layers of tissue together (as in the closure of an incision)

  2. staple transitive verb, sta·pled sta·pling
    sta·pler \-plər\play noun






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