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sta·ple 1

 (stā′pəl)
n.
1. A principal raw material or commodity grown or produced in a region.
2. A major item of trade in steady demand.
3. A basic dietary item, such as flour, rice, or corn.
4. A basic or principal element or feature.
5. The fiber of cotton, wool, or flax, graded as to length and fineness.
adj.
1. Produced or stocked in large quantities to meet steady demand: Wheat is a staple crop.
2. Principal; main: a staple topic of conversation.
tr.v. sta·pled, sta·pling, sta·ples
To grade (fibers) according to length and fineness.

[Middle English, official market for purchase of export goods, from Anglo-Norman estaple, perhaps from Middle Dutch stāpel, heap, emporium.]

sta·ple 2

 (stā′pəl)
n.
1. A thin piece of wire shaped as three sides of a square so that it can be driven into thin or soft material, such as paper, and bent to function as a fastener.
2. A similarly shaped piece of metal with pointed ends, driven into a surface to secure a bolt, hook, hasp, or length of wiring.
tr.v. sta·pled, sta·pling, sta·ples
To secure or fasten by means of a staple or staples.

[Middle English, from Old English stapol, post, pillar.]

staple

(ˈsteɪpəl)
n
1. (Tools) a short length of thin wire bent into a square U-shape, used to fasten papers, cloth, etc
2. (Tools) a short length of stiff wire formed into a U-shape with pointed ends, used for holding a hasp to a post, securing electric cables, etc
vb
(Tools) (tr) to secure (papers, wire, etc) with a staple or staples
[Old English stapol prop, of Germanic origin; related to Middle Dutch stapel step, Old High German staffal]

staple

(ˈsteɪpəl)
adj
1. of prime importance; principal: staple foods.
2. (Economics) (of a commodity) forming a predominant element in the product, consumption, or trade of a nation, region, etc
n
3. (Economics) a staple commodity
4. a main constituent; integral part
5. (Economics) chiefly US and Canadian a principal raw material produced or grown in a region
6. (Textiles) the fibre of wool, cotton, etc, graded as to length and fineness
7. (Historical Terms) (in medieval Europe) a town appointed to be the exclusive market for one or more major exports of the land
vb
(Textiles) (tr) to arrange or sort (wool, cotton, etc) according to length and fineness
[C15: from Middle Dutch stapel warehouse; see staple1]

sta•ple1

(ˈsteɪ pəl)

n., v. -pled, -pling. n.
1. a short piece of wire bent so as to bind together papers or the like by driving the ends through the sheets and clinching them on the other side.
2. a similar, often U-shaped piece of wire or metal with pointed ends for driving into a surface to hold a hasp, hook, pin, etc.
v.t.
3. to secure or fasten by a staple or staples.
[before 900; Middle English stapel orig., support, post, Old English stapol, c. Old High German staffal foundation, Old Norse stǫpull pillar]

sta•ple2

(ˈsteɪ pəl)

n., adj., v. -pled, -pling. n.
1. a principal raw material or commodity grown or manufactured in a locality.
2. a basic or necessary item of food: flour, salt, and other staples.
3. a basic or principal item, feature, element, or part.
4. the fiber of wool, cotton, flax, rayon, etc., considered with reference to length and fineness.
5. a standard length of textile fibers, representing the average of such fibers taken collectively: long-staple cotton.
6. (in medieval Europe) a town in which a body of merchants had the exclusive right to purchase certain goods for export.
adj.
7. chief or prominent among the products exported or produced by a country or district.
8. basic, chief, or principal: staple industries.
9. principally used: staple courses.
v.t.
10. to sort or classify according to the staple or fiber, as wool.
[1375–1425; place where merchants have trading rights < Middle Dutch stapel; akin to staple1]

staple


Past participle: stapled
Gerund: stapling

Imperative
staple
staple
Present
I staple
you staple
he/she/it staples
we staple
you staple
they staple
Preterite
I stapled
you stapled
he/she/it stapled
we stapled
you stapled
they stapled
Present Continuous
I am stapling
you are stapling
he/she/it is stapling
we are stapling
you are stapling
they are stapling
Present Perfect
I have stapled
you have stapled
he/she/it has stapled
we have stapled
you have stapled
they have stapled
Past Continuous
I was stapling
you were stapling
he/she/it was stapling
we were stapling
you were stapling
they were stapling
Past Perfect
I had stapled
you had stapled
he/she/it had stapled
we had stapled
you had stapled
they had stapled
Future
I will staple
you will staple
he/she/it will staple
we will staple
you will staple
they will staple
Future Perfect
I will have stapled
you will have stapled
he/she/it will have stapled
we will have stapled
you will have stapled
they will have stapled
Future Continuous
I will be stapling
you will be stapling
he/she/it will be stapling
we will be stapling
you will be stapling
they will be stapling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been stapling
you have been stapling
he/she/it has been stapling
we have been stapling
you have been stapling
they have been stapling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been stapling
you will have been stapling
he/she/it will have been stapling
we will have been stapling
you will have been stapling
they will have been stapling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been stapling
you had been stapling
he/she/it had been stapling
we had been stapling
you had been stapling
they had been stapling
Conditional
I would staple
you would staple
he/she/it would staple
we would staple
you would staple
they would staple
Past Conditional
I would have stapled
you would have stapled
he/she/it would have stapled
we would have stapled
you would have stapled
they would have stapled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.staple - (usually plural) a necessary commodity for which demand is constantstaple - (usually plural) a necessary commodity for which demand is constant
commodity, trade good, good - articles of commerce
plural, plural form - the form of a word that is used to denote more than one
2.staple - a natural fiber (raw cotton, wool, hemp, flax) that can be twisted to form yarn; "staple fibers vary widely in length"
natural fiber, natural fibre - fiber derived from plants or animals
3.staple - material suitable for manufacture or use or finishingstaple - material suitable for manufacture or use or finishing
material, stuff - the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object; "coal is a hard black material"; "wheat is the stuff they use to make bread"
feedstock - the raw material that is required for some industrial process
4.staple - a short U-shaped wire nail for securing cables
nail - a thin pointed piece of metal that is hammered into materials as a fastener
5.staple - paper fastener consisting of a short length of U-shaped wire that can fasten papers together
paper fastener - a fastener for holding a sheet of paper in place
Verb1.staple - secure or fasten with a staple or staples; "staple the papers together"
fasten, fix, secure - cause to be firmly attached; "fasten the lock onto the door"; "she fixed her gaze on the man"
unstaple - take the staples off; "unstaple the piece of paper from the receipt"
Adj.1.staple - necessary or important, especially regarding food or commodities; "wheat is a staple crop"
essential - basic and fundamental; "the essential feature"

staple

adjective
1. principal, chief, main, key, basic, essential, primary, fundamental, predominant Staple goods are disappearing from the shops.
noun
1. essential, basic, necessity, must, requisite boutiques selling such staples as jeans and T-shirts essential
Translations
إنْتاج رَئيسيدَبّوس مُزْدَوِج لِشَبْك الأوراقرُزَّةٌ سِلْكِيَّةسِلك لِضَم الأوراقغَذَاءٌ رَئِيسِيّ
hlavní produktsešítsešít sešívačkouskobkaspojit
hæfte sammenhæfteklammehjørnestenhovednæringsmiddelbasisvare
niittinitoaperustarvikeperuselintarvikeaskelma
agrafeagrafercavalier de jonctioncramponétape
klamaosnovni sastojakzaklamati
heftaheftikenguruppistaîaaîalframleiîsluvara
ホッチキスで留めるホッチキスの針主要産物
꺽쇠스테이플로 고정시키다주식
pamatproduktspamatražojumssastiprināt ar skavuskavaskavot
nietennietjebasisbenodigdheidbasisproductbasisvoedsel
hlavný produktskobazákladná položka
spetisponka
sirovina
basvarahäftahäftklammer
ติดด้วยลวดเย็บกระดาษลวดเย็บกระดาษอาหารหลัก
zımba telizımbalamakbaşlıca ürünçatal çivitemel besin maddesi
dập ghimghim dậpmặt hàng chủ lực

staple

1 [ˈsteɪpl]
A. N (= fastener) → grapa f, corchete m (S. Cone)
B. VTsujetar con grapa
C. CPD staple gun Ngrapadora f

staple

2 [ˈsteɪpl]
A. ADJ [product] → de primera necesidad; [topic of conversation] → clásico
their staple food or dietsu comida cotidiana, su alimento de primera necesidad
B. N (= chief product) → artículo m de primera necesidad; (= food) → alimento m de primera necesidad; (= raw material) → materia f prima; [of wool] → fibra f (textil); [of conversation] → asunto m principal, elemento m esencial

staple

[ˈsteɪpəl]
n
(for papers)agrafe f
(= chief product) → produit m de base
(= basic food) → aliment m de base
adj
[food, diet, product, goods, industry] → de base
staple crop → culture f vivrière
vtagraferstaple gun nagrafeuse f pneumatique

staple

1
nKlammer f; (for paper) → Heftklammer f
vtheften; to staple something togetheretw zusammenheften

staple

2
adjHaupt-; staple dietGrund- or Hauptnahrung f; staple subjectHauptthema nt
n
(= main product)Hauptartikel m; (= main element)Ausgangsmaterial nt; (= main food)Hauptnahrungsmittel nt
(of cotton)Rohbaumwolle f; (of wool)Rohwolle f

staple

1 [ˈsteɪpl]
1. n (for papers) → punto metallico
2. vt (also staple together) → cucire con punti metallici

staple

2 [ˈsteɪpl]
1. adj (diet, food, products) → base inv; (crop, industry) → principale
2. n (chief product) → prodotto principale; (of diet) → alimento principale

staple1

(ˈsteipl) noun
1. a chief product of trade or industry.
2. a chief or main item (of diet etc).

staple2

(ˈsteipl) noun
1. a U-shaped type of nail.
2. a U-shaped piece of wire that is driven through sheets of paper etc to fasten them together.
verb
to fasten or attach (paper etc) with staples.
ˈstapler noun
an instrument for stapling papers etc.

staple

رُزَّةٌ سِلْكِيَّة, غَذَاءٌ رَئِيسِيّ, يُزَوِّدُ بِرْزَةٌ سِلْكِيَّة hlavní produkt, sešít sešívačkou, sponka basisvare, hæfte sammen, hæfteklamme Haupterzeugnis, heften, Heftklammer είδος πρώτης ανάγκης, συρμάτινος συνδετήρας, συρράπτω grapa, grapar, materia prima niitti, nitoa, perustarvike agrafe, agrafer, produit de base klama, osnovni sastojak, zaklamati genere di prima necessità, pinzare, pinzatrice ホッチキスで留める, ホッチキスの針, 主要産物 꺽쇠, 스테이플로 고정시키다, 주식 basisproduct, nieten, nietje bestanddel, fiber, stifte przypiąć, surowiec, zszywka agrafar, agrafe, grampear, grampo, produto básico главный продукт, производимый в данном регионе, скрепка, скреплять basvara, häfta, häftklammer ติดด้วยลวดเย็บกระดาษ, ลวดเย็บกระดาษ, อาหารหลัก temel ürün, zımba teli, zımbalamak dập ghim, ghim dập, mặt hàng chủ lực 主要产品, 用订书钉钉, 订书针

staple

n. presilla, grapa;
v. presillar, engrapar.

staple

n (surg) grapa
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Besides, he thought, perhaps, that in this business of whaling, courage was one of the great staple outfits of the ship, like her beef and her bread, and not to be foolishly wasted.
After that no wood is used, except as a means of quick ignition to the staple fuel.
Haley, who had been imbibing very freely of the staple of the evening, began to feel a sensible elevation and enlargement of his moral faculties,--a phenomenon not unusual with gentlemen of a serious and reflective turn, under similar circumstances.
The match went out, and so did we, and shoved in the staple again, and the door was locked as good as ever.
But the fruits were very delightful; one, in particular, that seemed to be in season all the time I was there--a floury thing in a three-sided husk --was especially good, and I made it my staple.
He double locked it, took the key, returned to the bedroom door, removed the double staple of the bolt, and went in.
At first, on arriving at the door through which Mazarin had passed, D'Artagnan tried in vain to open it, but on the powerful shoulder of Porthos being applied to one of the panels, which gave way, D'Artagnan introduced the point of his sword between the bolt and the staple of the lock.
To read of female character as depicted in Poetry and Fiction, one would think it was made up of sentiment, either for good or bad--here is a specimen, and a most sensible and respectable specimen, too, whose staple ingredient is abstract reason.
This staple article of food among the Marquese islanders is manufactured from the produce of the bread-fruit tree.
The youth returned to the door, while giving vent to this soliloquy, and completed the fastenings by placing a small chain through a staple, and securing it there by a padlock.
They had passed beyond the belt of market-gardens round hungry Umballa, and were among the mile-wide green of the staple crops.
In one of these a staple and chain with a quantity of gnawed bones showed where the animal had been confined.