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Definition of staple noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a small piece of wire that is used in a device called astaplerand is pushed through pieces of paper and bent over at the ends in order to fasten the pieces of paper together
  2. 2a small piece of metal in the shape of a U that is hit into wooden surfaces using a hammer, used especially for holding electrical wires in place
  3. 3a basic type of food that is used a lot Aid workers helped distribute corn, milk, and other staples.
  4. 4something that is produced by a country and is important for its economy Rubber became the staple of the Malayan economy.
  5. 5staple (of something) a large or important part of something Celebrity gossip is a staple of the tabloid press.
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