staple adj : necessary foods or commodities; "wheat is a staple crop"
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]
- /ˈsteɪ.pl/, /"steI.pl/
- Rhymes with: -eɪpəl
Etymology 1Via from estaple, of origin.
basic or essential supply
Etymology 2From stapol.
- A wire fastener used to secure stacks of paper by penetrating all the sheets and curling around.
- A wire fastener used to secure something else by penetrating
- Can you believe they use staples to hold cars together these days?
- The result of installing such a fastener.
- A good staple will hold tightly.
- A U-shaped metal fastener, used to attach fence wire or other
material to posts or structures.
- The rancher used staples to attach the barbed wire to the fence-posts.
- One of a set of U-shaped metal rods hammered into a structure, such
as a piling or wharf, which serve as a ladder.
- Fortunately, there were staples in the quay wall, and she was able to climb out of the water.
wire fastener used to secure stacks of paper
wire fastener in general
result of installing such a fastener
- Finnish: nitoa
U-shaped metal fastener
one of set of rods hammered into structure
translations to be checked
- To secure with a staple.
secure with a staple
- Dutch: nieten
- Finnish: nitoa
- Icelandic: hefta
- Polish: zszyć
- Portuguese: agrafar
- Spanish: grapar
length of fibers in wool
Staple may mean:
- Staple (fastener), a formed metal fastener used to secure sheets of material or wires, so they will not fall apart of each other.
- Staple food, a foodstuff that forms the basic constituent of a diet. It is a standard commodity rather than a speciality item. This meaning is often extended to cover other areas besides food (a rollercoaster is a theme park staple)
- Surgical staple, used in surgery to close wounds
- Staple (textiles) is the raw material, or its length and quality, of fibre from which textiles are made. It is the material in its standard form as a traded commodity.
- Staple (wool), wool fibres that naturally form themselves into locks that held together by cross fibres.
- Staple (music), the foundation upon which a reed is constructed. A small cylindrical piece of metal (copper) tubing used to support the cane reeds. The reeds are fastened to the Staple using a copper wire or other suitable material. Staples are used for other type reeds such as oboe, bassoon and similar double reeded instruments.
- STAPLE!, a convention for creators of comics, minicomics, and other independent media
- STAPLE (programming language) - A programming language written at Manchester 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.
- Staple ports were medieval concept for a port in which trade was regulated, usually by the King, often restricting the particular trade to a specific group or port
- Staple rights were a somewhat related but different medieval concept which forced river merchants to offer their goods for sale at a city before being allowed to proceed with the remainder of their goods
- Staple, Kent, a village in Kent, England near Sandwich
- Staple, Louisiana
staple in German: Agraffe
staple in Esperanto: Agrafo
staple in French: Agrafe
staple in Simple English: Staple
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