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staple

noun sta·ple \ ˈstā-pəl \

Definition of staple

: a usually U-shaped fastener: such 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 (such 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)

Origin and Etymology 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


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staple

verb

Definition of staple

stapled; stapling play \-p(ə-)liŋ\
transitive verb
: to provide with or secure by staples

Examples of staple in a Sentence

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

First Known Use of staple

14th century


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staple

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 (such 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 and Etymology of staple

Middle English, from Anglo-French estaple, from Middle Dutch stapel emporium


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staple

adjective

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 in a Sentence

  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



STAPLE Defined for English Language Learners

staple

verb

Definition of staple for English Language Learners

  • : to attach (something) with staples


staple

adjective

Definition of staple for English Language Learners

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

  • : produced regularly or in large quantities


STAPLE Defined for Kids

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staple

noun sta·ple \ ˈstā-pəl \

Definition of staple for Students

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)

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staple

verb

Definition of staple for Students

stapled; stapling
: to fasten with staples

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staple

noun

Definition of staple for Students

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.

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staple

adjective

Definition of staple for Students

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 stapled; stapling

stapler

play \-plər\ noun


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