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Noun: staple  stey-pul
  1. (usually plural) a necessary commodity for which demand is constant
    - basic
     
  2. A natural fibre (raw cotton, wool, hemp, flax) that can be twisted to form yarn
    "staple fibers vary widely in length";
    - staple fiber [US], staple fibre [Brit, Cdn]
     
  3. Material suitable for manufacture, use or finishing
    - raw material
     
  4. A short U-shaped wire nail for securing cables
     
  5. Paper fastener consisting of a short length of U-shaped wire that can fasten papers together
Verb: staple  stey-pul
  1. Secure or fasten with a staple or staples
    "staple the papers together"
Adjective: staple  stey-pul
  1. Necessary or important, especially regarding food or commodities
    "wheat is a staple crop"

Derived forms: stapling, stapled, staples

See also: essential

Type of: commodity, fasten, fix, good, material, nail, natural fiber [US], natural fibre [Brit, Cdn], paper fastener, secure, stuff, trade good

Antonym: unstaple

Encyclopedia: Staple, Merchant Strangers, Money Act 1353