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English adjective: staple

1. staple necessary or important, especially regarding food or commodities

SamplesWheat is a staple crop.


Antonymsinessential, unessential

English noun: staple

1. staple (artifact) (usually plural) a necessary commodity for which demand is constant


Broader (hypernym)commodity, good, trade good

Domain usageplural, plural form

2. staple (substance) a natural fiber (raw cotton, wool, hemp, flax) that can be twisted to form yarn

SamplesStaple fibers vary widely in length.

Synonymsstaple fiber, staple fibre

Broader (hypernym)natural fiber, natural fibre

3. staple (substance) material suitable for manufacture or use or finishing

Synonymsraw material

Broader (hypernym)material, stuff

Narrower (hyponym)feedstock

4. staple (artifact) a short U-shaped wire nail for securing cables

Broader (hypernym)nail

5. staple (artifact) paper fastener consisting of a short length of U-shaped wire that can fasten papers together

Broader (hypernym)paper fastener

English verb: staple

1. staple (contact) secure or fasten with a staple or staples

SamplesStaple the papers together.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)fasten, fix, secure


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