staple

Definitions

  • Staple Inn, Holborn
    Staple Inn, Holborn
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj staple necessary or important, especially regarding food or commodities "wheat is a staple crop"
    • v staple secure or fasten with a staple or staples "staple the papers together"
    • n staple (usually plural) a necessary commodity for which demand is constant
    • n staple paper fastener consisting of a short length of U-shaped wire that can fasten papers together
    • n staple a short U-shaped wire nail for securing cables
    • n staple material suitable for manufacture or use or finishing
    • n staple a natural fiber (raw cotton, wool, hemp, flax) that can be twisted to form yarn "staple fibers vary widely in length"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Some nails, spikes, staples, and other iron hardware used at Jamestown over 300 years ago Some nails, spikes, staples, and other iron hardware used at Jamestown over 300 years ago

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Poor whites in Florida and Georgia are called "crackers." They got the name from their principal staple food, cracked corn. Another theory states that the name comes from the days when they would drive cattle southward using the "crack" of their bullwhips to keep the animals in line and moving.
    • Staple A district granted to an abbey.
    • Staple A loop of metal such as iron, or a bar or wire, bent and formed with two points to be driven into wood, to hold a hook, pin, or the like.
    • Staple 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.""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."
    • Staple (Mining) A shaft, smaller and shorter than the principal one, joining different levels.
    • Staple A small loop of metal such as steel, bent into a U-shape with the points sharpened, used to fasten sheets of paper together by driving the staple{8} through the stacked sheets and into a formed receptacle which curls the ends in and backward, thus holding the papers firmly together; also, a similar, slightly larger such fastener which may be driven into wood to fasten objects to a wooden backing.
    • Staple (Mining) A small pit.
    • Staple Established in commerce; occupying the markets; settled; as, a staple trade.
    • Staple Fit to be sold; marketable.
    • Staple 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."
    • Staple Pertaining to, or being a market or staple for, commodities; as, a staple town.
    • Staple Regularly produced or manufactured in large quantities; belonging to wholesale traffic; principal; chief. "Wool, the great staple commodity of England."
    • Staple The fiber of wool, cotton, flax, or the like; as, a coarse staple; a fine staple; a long or short staple .
    • Staple 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 merchandise, of Manchester."
    • Staple The principal constituent in anything; chief item.
    • staple To fasten together with a staple{9} or staples; as, to staple a check to a letter.
    • staple To sort according to its staple; as, to staple cotton.
    • Staple Unmanufactured material; raw material.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Rice is the staple food of more than one-half of the world's population.
    • n staple A post; a prop; a support.
    • n staple A loop of metal, or a bar or wire bent and formed with two points, to be driven into wood to hold a hook, pin, or bolt.
    • n staple In founding, a piece of nail-iron wiih a flat disk riveted to the head, and pointed below, used in a mold to hold a core in position.
    • n staple Of a lock, same as box, 13.
    • n staple In musical instruments of the oboe class, the metallic tube to which the reeds are fastened, and through which the tone is conveyed from them into the wooden body of the instrument.
    • n staple In coal-mining, a shallow shaft within a mine.
    • staple To support, attach, or fix by means of a staple or staples.
    • n staple A settled mart or market; an emporium; a town where certain commodities are chiefly taken for sale. 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 ports to be rated and charged with the duty payable to the king or the public. The principal commodities on which customs were levied were wool, skins, and leather, and these were originally the staple commodities.
    • n staple Hence A general market or exchange.
    • n staple A commercial monopoly formed by a combination of merchants acting under the sanction of the royal privilege of fairs and markets. Foreign staple was the system of trade carried on by this monopoly on the continent; home staple was the business organized by it in leading towns in England.
    • n staple The principal commodity grown or manufactured in a locality, either for exportation or home consumption—that is, originally, the merchandise which was sold at a staple or mart.
    • n staple The principal element of or ingredient in anything; the chief constituent; the chief item.
    • n staple The material or substance of anything; raw or unmanufactured material.
    • n staple The fiber of any material used for spinning, used in a general sense and as expressive of the character of the material: as, wool of short staple; cotton of long staple, etc.
    • staple Pertaining to or being a mart or staple for commodities: as, a staple town.
    • staple Mainly occupying commercial enterprise; established in commerce: as, a staple trade.
    • staple According to the laws of commerce; marketable; fit to be sold.
    • staple Chief: principal; regularly produced or made for market: as, staple commodities.
    • staple To erect a staple; form a monopoly of production and sale; establish a mart for such purpose.
    • staple To furnish or provide with a staple or staples.
    • staple To sort or classify according to the length of the fiber: as, to staple wool.
    • n staple In bookbinding, a clenched wire used to bind together the sections of a book.
    • n staple In iron ship-building, an angle-bar bent and welded so as to form approximately a right angle in two places so that the bar has the outline of a flattened U. A box-staple is an angle-bar similarly bent and welded into an approximately rectangular outline.
    • staple In iron ship-building, to make or fit (an angle-bar) in the form of a staple. See staple, n., 8.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Van Camp's Pork and Beans were a staple food for Union soldiers in the Civil War.
    • n Staple stā′pl a settled mart or market: the principal production or industry of a district or country: the principal element: the thread of textile fabrics: unmanufactured material
    • adj Staple established in commerce: regularly produced for market
    • n Staple stā′pl a loop of iron, &c., for holding a bolt, &c.: the metallic tube to which the reed is fastened in the oboe, &c.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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. stapel,a heap, mart, stake, staffel, step of a ladder, Sw. stapel, Dan. stabel, and E. step,; cf. OF. estaple, a mart, F. étape,. See Step
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. stapel, a prop—stapan, step; cf. Ger. stapel.

Usage

In literature:

That the staple trade of the place is the Newfoundland trade.
"A Tour in Ireland 1776-1779" by Arthur Young
To his extreme surprise the bolt shot through the staple immediately gave way.
"Godfrey Morgan" by Jules Verne
Water-colour: Jones's chambers in Staple Inn, Holborn.
"The Samuel Butler Collection at Saint John's College Cambridge" by Henry Festing Jones
Stables, when not identical with Staples (Chapter XIII), belongs to the same class as Mews.
"The Romance of Names" by Ernest Weekley
Wheat, however, is the staple crop of Red River.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
It is a very important crop in Australia, and is the staple grain of Mexico.
"Commercial Geography" by Jacques W. Redway
Where warmth is desirable in the fabrics contemplated, the staple is made to resemble Wool quite closely.
"Glances at Europe" by Horace Greeley
In manufactories, every important staple was controlled by a syndicate.
"Looking Backward" by Edward Bellamy
STAPLE-KNEES, OR STAPLE-LODGING KNEES.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
All that fence needs is a few posts and some staples.
"The Gold Girl" by James B. Hendryx
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In poetry:

Pavilions of sunshine--tents of the rain,
For these, the wild and the free;
And for us walled garden and window-pane,
And bolt and staple and key.
"A Pagan Prayer" by Virna Sheard
And Jones was settin' in it, SO:
A-readin' of a paper.
His mules was goin' powerful slow,
Fur he had tied the lines onto
The staple of the scraper.
"Jones's Private Argyment" by Sidney Lanier
That horrible black scaffold dressed,
That stapled block… God sink the rest!
That head strapped back, that blinding vest,
Those knotted hands and naked breast,
Till near one busy hangman pressed,
And, on the neck these arms caressed…
"The Confessional" by Robert Browning

In news:

Doug Cyr from Staples shows some gift ideas for moms, dada and grads.
Conservatism is a thought process that believes in life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, the core staple of this country.
Mark Bittman goes all Minimalist on an staple ingredient we thought couldn't get any simpler: pasta.
Bolivia's coca: A staple crop and seed of US disapproval .
It's a staple recipe of American political campaign mail.
The singer's country-soul hit was a radio staple for decades, even as recently as 2003 when Uncle Kracker covered the song and reached no.
Soul artist recorded 1973 radio staple.
Prices for the food staples most important for human consumption are not as high as they were in 2008.
The important human food staples are rice, wheat and corn.
Timothy J Leiweke, A. E.G. 's president and chief executive, said in an interview that the company expected to begin selling tickets for the Staples Center by early 2012, and at the O2 after the Olympic Games next summer in London.
It's been a summer staple in my life since I was 4 years old -- a day outing to the Montgomery County fair.
This Southeast Asian staple can transform many dishes.
PESTO has become a staple, especially in late summer when basil is best, but pasta with pesto does have its limits.
Romney didn't load up on Staples stock, devastating Allred's case.
The New Orleans Hornets will try to snap a seven-game losing streak on Monday night when they head to the Staples Center to meet the Los Angeles Clippers, who are in the throes of a losing streak themselves.
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In science:

Staples, Dynamic random walks in Clifford algebras, Adv.
Dynamic Random Walks on Motion Groups
Staples for interesting discussions and questions.
Bell's Inequalities, Superquantum Correlations, and String Theory
MCMC has become a staple tool in the physical sciences and in Bayesian statistics.
Consistency of Markov chain quasi-Monte Carlo on continuous state spaces
The idea that analytic bounds such as (2.9) may be used to simultaneously encompass a wide array of probabilistic structures is indeed one of the staples of present paper and .
Fine Gaussian fluctuations on the Poisson space II: rescaled kernels, marked processes and geometric U-statistics
Analysis of models of this kind have been the staple of ERGM (Frank and Strauss, 1986; Hunter and Handcock, 2006; Goodreau et al., 2009).
Exponential-family Random Network Models
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