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staple2 place in which merchants have trading privileges; principal market or commercial centre XV; principal article of commerce or industry XVII; chief object of employment, etc. XIX. — OF. estaple emporium, mart (mod. étape halting-place) — (M)LG., (M)Du. stapel (see prec.).
Hence staple adj. having the chief place in production or use. XVII.

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staple (stay-pŭl) n. (in surgery) a piece of metal used to join up pieces of tissue. Staples can be used as an alternative to sutures for an anastomosis or to bring together the skin edges of an incision; stapling machines have been produced for this purpose. See also endostapler.

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staple1 †post, pillar OE.; short U-shaped metal rod or bar XIII. OE. stapol, corr. to MLG., (M) Du. stapel pillar, steeple, emporium, OHG. staffal foundation, ON. stǫpull pillar, steeple :- Gmc. *stapulaz; see -LE1.

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staple.
1. Obsolete term for a wholesale market, or a market place.

2. Piece of [-shaped iron, driven into the frame of a door, used to catch the bolt or hasp of a lock.

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staple3 fibre of wool, etc. as determining the quality. XV. perh. f. †staple vb. inspect and sort at a staple (see prec.).

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