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Meaning of STAPLE

Pronunciation:  'steypul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  (usually plural) a necessary commodity for which demand is constant
  2. [n]  paper fastener consisting of a short length of U-shaped wire that can fasten papers together
  3. [n]  a short U-shaped wire nail for securing cables
  4. [n]  material suitable for manufacture or use or finishing
  5. [adj]  necessary foods or commodities; "wheat is a staple crop"
  6. [v]  secure or fasten with a staple or staples; "staple the papers together"

STAPLE is a 6 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: basic, essential, raw material
 Antonyms: unstaple
 See Also: commodity, fasten, fix, goods, material, nail, paper fastener, secure, stuff, trade goods



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Sta"ple\, n. [AS. stapul, stapol, stapel, a step, a
    prop, post, table, fr. stapan to step, go, raise; akin to D.
    stapel a pile, stocks, emporium, G. stapela heap, mart,
    stake, staffel step of a ladder, Sw. stapel, Dan. stabel, and
    E. step cf. OF. estaple a mart, F. ['e]tape. See {Step}.]
    1. A settled mart; an emporium; a city or town to which
       merchants brought commodities for sale or exportation in
       bulk; a place for wholesale traffic.
             The customs of Alexandria were very great, it having
             been the staple of the Indian trade.  --Arbuthnot.
             For the increase of trade and the encouragement of
             the worthy burgesses of Woodstock, her majesty was
             minded to erect the town into a staple for wool.
                                                   --Sir W.
    Note: In England, formerly, the king's staple was established
          in certain ports or towns, and certain goods could not
          be exported without being first brought to these places
          to be rated and charged with the duty payable of the
          king or the public. The principal commodities on which
          customs were lived were wool, skins, and leather; and
          these were originally the staple commodities.
    2. Hence: Place of supply; source; fountain head.
             Whitehall naturally became the chief staple of news.
             Whenever there was a rumor that any thing important
             had happened or was about to happen, people hastened
             thither to obtain intelligence from the fountain
             head.                                 --Macaulay.
    3. The principal commodity of traffic in a market; a
       principal commodity or production of a country or
       district; as, wheat, maize, and cotton are great staples
       of the United States.
             We should now say, Cotton is the great staple, that
             is, the established merchandize, of Manchester.
    4. The principal constituent in anything; chief item.
    5. Unmanufactured material; raw material.
    6. The fiber of wool, cotton, flax, or the like; as, a coarse
       staple; a fine staple; a long or short staple.
    7. A loop of iron, or a bar or wire, bent and formed with two
       points to be driven into wood, to hold a hook, pin, or the
    8. (Mining)
       (a) A shaft, smaller and shorter than the principal one,
           joining different levels.
       (b) A small pit.
    9. A district granted to an abbey. [Obs.] --Camden.
  2. \Sta"ple\, a.
    1. Pertaining to, or being market of staple for, commodities;
       as, a staple town. [R.]
    2. Established in commerce; occupying the markets; settled;
       as, a staple trade. --Dryden.
    3. Fit to be sold; marketable. [R.] --Swift.
    4. Regularly produced or manufactured in large quantities;
       belonging to wholesale traffic; principal; chief.
             Wool, the great staple commodity of England.
  3. \Sta"ple\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {stapled}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    To sort according to its staple; as, to staple cotton.
Computing Dictionary
  1. A programming language written at Manchester (University?) 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.

  2. Saint Andrews Applicative Persistent Language. Language combining functional programming with persistent storage, developed at St. Andrews University in Scotland. Tony Davie, <[email protected]>.