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English adjective: staple

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


SamplesWheat is a staple crop.


Similaressential


Antonymsinessential, unessential


English noun: staple

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


Synonymsbasic


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


Antonymsunstaple









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