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.
- A principal raw material or commodity grown or produced in a region.
- A major item of trade in steady demand.
- A basic dietary item, such as flour, rice, or corn.
- A basic or principal element or feature.
- The fiber of cotton, wool, or flax, graded as to length and fineness.
- Produced or stocked in large quantities to meet steady demand: Wheat is a staple crop.
- Principal; main: a staple topic of conversation.
- To grade (fibers) according to length and fineness.
- A thin piece of wire in the shape of a square bracket that is driven by a device through sheets of paper or similar material and flattened to serve as a fastening.
- A U-shaped metal loop with pointed ends, driven into a surface to hold a bolt, hook, or hasp or to hold wiring in place.
- To secure or fasten by means of a staple or staples.