There are 2 definitions of staple in English:

staple1

Syllabification: sta·ple
Pronunciation: /ˈstāpəl
 
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noun

  • 1A piece of bent metal or wire pushed through something or clipped over it as a fastening, in particular.
  • 1.1A piece of thin wire with a long center portion and two short end pieces that are driven by a stapler through sheets of paper to fasten them together.
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    • If you use paper on your compost, be aware of any plastic or staples in the paper - worms can't eat that!
    • It was a 31-page black and white booklet fastened with staples.
    • The book was still held together by three staples.
  • 1.2A small U-shaped metal bar with pointed ends for driving into wood to hold attachments such as electric wires, battens, or sheets of cloth in place.
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    • The staple struck a knot in the wood, causing the staple to strike her safety glasses.
    • Pin them down with U-shaped wire staples and cover with soil or mulch.
    • He secures the end of each rope to the tree's bottom with a U-shaped staple, then wraps the tree from the bottom up, turning the cardboard slowly as he goes.

verb

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  • Attach or secure with a staple or staples: Mark stapled a batch of papers together
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    • Avoid nailing or stapling the wires in place, since this can easily damage the insulation jacket on the outside of the wire and create corrosion in the wire or a short circuit against the staple.
    • Each page of the book is stapled or tacked to cork boards in four different buildings on campus.
    • Chicken wire had been stapled across the hole with a small gap left at the bottom.

Origin

Old English stapol, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch stapel 'pillar' (a sense reflected in English in early use).

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There are 2 definitions of staple in English:

staple2

Syllabification: sta·ple
Pronunciation: /
 
ˈstāpəl/

noun

  • 1A main or important element of something, especially of a diet: bread, milk, and other staples Greek legend was the staple of classical tragedy
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    • Bread, an important staple, is often purchased rather than home baked.
    • While shark meat has become an important staple of some diets, in other cultures the animal holds a more special place on the menu.
    • Salads and meat became the main staple of their diet.
  • 1.1A main item of trade or production: rubber became the staple of the Malayan economy
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    • Later as agents for Schneider's they shipped pig iron, rails and other ferrous products, bringing back those staples of the coastal trade, coal, grain and timber.
    • First, the domestic production of food staples in developing countries was disrupted.
    • Coffee, tea, and cocoa are all staples of the Fair Trade movement, and like opium, they're drugs - the strongest drugs the grocer can sell without having to check for documentation of your age.
  • 2The fiber of cotton or wool considered with regard to its length and degree of fineness: [in combination]: jackets made from long-staple Egyptian cotton
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    • The long staple or long fiber of Egyptian-grown cotton means that there is more continuous fiber to use when creating threads or yarns.
    • For men, shirts in light shades are crafted from fine long staple yarn.
  • 3 [often with modifier] historical A center of trade, especially in a specified commodity: proposals were made for a wool staple at Pisa
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    • It is evident that the staple was primarily a fiscal organ of the crown, facilitating the collection of the royal customs.

adjective

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  • 1Main or important, especially in terms of consumption: the staple foods of the poor figurative violence is the staple diet of the video generation
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    • As plantation workers angrily told our reporters, this increase is not even enough to buy half a kilo of low quality rice - the country's main staple food.
    • The main staple foods served with Ghanaian meals are rice, millet, corn, cassava, yams, and plantains.
    • Mr Power said that despite health risks associated with obesity, many children were still being served a staple diet of processed food.
  • 1.1Most important in terms of trade or production: rice was the staple crop grown in most villages
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    • This component of the decrease appears to have been partially compensated for by an increase in the rate of forest clearance for the production of staple crops.
    • Above all, this meant plantation agriculture, producing staple crops for export with slave labour.
    • Hexaploid common wheat is one of the most important staple crops globally.

verb

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  • Sort or classify (wool, etc.) according to fiber.
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    • Environmentally friendly sheep's wool is stapled into the lateral groove for insulation.

Derivatives

stapled

adjective
[in combination]: a long-stapled type of fiber
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  • Selected strong cashmere style Faure goats offer a valuable genetic resource for the production of long stapled strong cashmere.

Origin

Middle English ( (sense 3 of the noun)): from Old French estaple 'market', from Middle Low German and Middle Dutch stapel 'pillar, emporium'; related to staple1.

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