Meaning of STAPLE in English


~ 1

■ noun

1》 a small flattened U-shaped piece of wire used to fasten papers together.

2》 a small U-shaped metal bar with pointed ends for driving into wood to hold electric wires, battens, etc. in place.

■ verb secure with a ~ or ~s.


OE stapol , of Gmc origin.


~ 2

■ noun

1》 a main or important element of something.

2》 the fibre of cotton or wool considered with regard to its length and fineness.

3》 historical a centre of trade in a specified commodity.

■ adjective main or important.


ME: from OFr. e~ 'market', from Mid. Low Ger., MDu. stapel 'pillar, emporium'; related to ~ 1 .

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