Meaning of STAPLE in English

STAPLE

n.

Function: noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French estaple, from Middle Dutch stapel emporium

Date: 15th century

1 : a town used as a center for the sale or exportation of commodities in bulk

2 : a place of supply : SOURCE

3 : a chief commodity or production of a place

4 a : a commodity for which the demand is constant b : something having widespread and constant use or appeal c : the sustaining or principal element : SUBSTANCE

5 : RAW MATERIAL

6 a : textile fiber (as wool and rayon) of relatively short length that when spun and twisted forms a yarn rather than a filament b : the length of a piece of such textile fiber

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.