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Staple vs. Basic

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Staplenoun

A town containing merchants who have exclusive right, under royal authority, to purchase or produce certain goods for export; also, the body of such merchants seen as a group.

Basicadjective

Necessary, essential for life or some process.

‘Flour is a basic ingredient of bread.’;

Staplenoun

(by extension) Place of supply; source.

Basicadjective

Elementary, simple, fundamental, merely functional.

‘The Hotel Sparta’s accommodation is very basic.’;

Staplenoun

The principal commodity produced in a town or region.

Basicadjective

(chemistry) Of or pertaining to a base; having a pH greater than 7.

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Staplenoun

A basic or essential supply.

‘Rice is a staple in the diet of many cultures.’;

Basicadjective

(slang) Unremarkable or uninteresting; boring; uncool.

Staplenoun

A recurring topic or character.

Basicnoun

A necessary commodity, a staple requirement.

‘Rice is a basic for many Asian villagers.’;

Staplenoun

Short fiber, as of cotton, sheep’s wool, or the like, which can be spun into yarn or thread.

‘Tow is flax with short staple.’;

Basicnoun

An elementary building block, e.g. a fundamental piece of knowledge.

‘Arithmetic is a basic for the study of mathematics.’;

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Staplenoun

Unmanufactured material; raw material.

Basicnoun

(military) Basic training.

‘The drill sergeants gave him hell in basic.’;

Staplenoun

A wire fastener used to secure stacks of paper by penetrating all the sheets and curling around.

Basicadjective

Relating to a base; performing the office of a base in a salt.

Staplenoun

A wire fastener used to secure something else by penetrating and curling.

‘Can you believe they use staples to hold cars together these days?’;

Basicadjective

Said of crystalline rocks which contain a relatively low percentage of silica, as basalt.

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Staplenoun

A U-shaped metal fastener, used to attach fence wire or other material to posts or structures.

‘The rancher used staples to attach the barbed wire to the fence-posts.’;

Basicnoun

an artificial computer language with a relatively simplified instruction set.

Staplenoun

One of a set of U-shaped metal rods hammered into a structure, such as a piling or wharf, which serve as a ladder.

‘Fortunately, there were staples in the quay wall, and she was able to climb out of the water.’;

Basicnoun

a popular programming language that is relatively easy to learn; an acronym for beginner's all-purpose symbolic instruction code; no longer in general use

Staplenoun

(mining) A shaft, smaller and shorter than the principal one, joining different levels.

Basicnoun

(usually plural) a necessary commodity for which demand is constant

Staplenoun

A small pit.

Basicadjective

pertaining to or constituting a base or basis;

‘a basic fact’; ‘the basic ingredients’; ‘basic changes in public opinion occur because of changes in priorities’;

Staplenoun

A district granted to an abbey.

Basicadjective

reduced to the simplest and most significant form possible without loss of generality;

‘a basic story line’; ‘a canonical syllable pattern’;

Staplenoun

(obsolete) A post; prop; support

Basicadjective

of primary importance;

‘basic truths’;

Stapleverb

(transitive) To sort according to its staple.

‘to staple cotton’;

Basicadjective

serving as a base or starting point;

‘a basic course in Russian’; ‘basic training for raw recruits’; ‘a set of basic tools’; ‘an introductory art course’;

Stapleverb

(transitive) To secure with a staple.

Basicadjective

of or denoting or of the nature of or containing a base

Stapleadjective

Relating to, or being market of staple for, commodities.

‘a staple town’;

Stapleadjective

Established in commerce; occupying the markets; settled.

‘a staple trade’;

Stapleadjective

Fit to be sold; marketable.

Stapleadjective

Regularly produced or manufactured in large quantities; belonging to wholesale traffic; principal; chief.

Staplenoun

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.’;

Staplenoun

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.’;

Staplenoun

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.’;

Staplenoun

The principal constituent in anything; chief item.

Staplenoun

Unmanufactured material; raw material.

Staplenoun

The fiber of wool, cotton, flax, or the like; as, a coarse staple; a fine staple; a long or short staple.

Staplenoun

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.

Staplenoun

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.

Staplenoun

A shaft, smaller and shorter than the principal one, joining different levels.

Staplenoun

A district granted to an abbey.

Stapleadjective

Pertaining to, or being a market or staple for, commodities; as, a staple town.

Stapleadjective

Established in commerce; occupying the markets; settled; as, a staple trade.

Stapleadjective

Fit to be sold; marketable.

Stapleadjective

Regularly produced or manufactured in large quantities; belonging to wholesale traffic; principal; chief.

‘Wool, the great staple commodity of England.’;

Stapleverb

To sort according to its staple; as, to staple cotton.

Stapleverb

To fasten together with a staple{9} or staples; as, to staple a check to a letter.

Staplenoun

(usually plural) a necessary commodity for which demand is constant

Staplenoun

material suitable for manufacture or use or finishing

Staplenoun

a short U-shaped wire nail for securing cables

Staplenoun

paper fastener consisting of a short length of U-shaped wire that can fasten papers together

Stapleverb

secure or fasten with a staple or staples;

‘staple the papers together’;

Stapleadjective

necessary foods or commodities;

‘wheat is a staple crop’;

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