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staple

1
1. a short length of thin wire bent into a square U-shape, used to fasten papers, cloth, etc.
2. a short length of stiff wire formed into a U-shape with pointed ends, used for holding a hasp to a post, securing electric cables, etc

staple

2
1. (of a commodity) forming a predominant element in the product, consumption, or trade of a nation, region, etc.
2. a staple commodity
3. Chiefly US and Canadian a principal raw material produced or grown in a region
4. the fibre of wool, cotton, etc., graded as to length and fineness
5. (in medieval Europe) a town appointed to be the exclusive market for one or more major exports of the land

staple

[′stā·pəl]
(design engineering)
A U-shaped loop of wire with points at both ends; used as a fastener.
(textiles)
The average fiber length to be used in spinning a yarn.

staple

A U-shaped piece of metal or heavy wire, with pointed ends, driven into a surface to secure a sheet of material, hold a hasp, etc.

STAPLE

(language)
A programming language written at Manchester (University?) and used at ICL in the early 1970s for writing the test suites. STAPLE was based on Algol 68 and had a very advanced optimising compiler.

Staple

(language)
St Andrews Applicative Persistent Language. Language combining functional programming with persistent storage, developed at St. Andrews University in Scotland. Tony Davie, <ad@cs.st-andrews.ac.uk>.
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There should be some concerted effort from the part of governments and non-governmental organizations to promote the consumption of sweet potatoes as staple food.
Strategies to accomplish these goals include disseminating seeds, stimulating staple food supply response, improving staple food storage and access to market information systems, and investments in basic market and transport infrastructure to help moderate food price increases and price volatility.
Decentralized and operating countrywide, the agency not only supplied the market with rice during lean seasons and periods of high prices but also redistributed surpluses to regions that encountered staple food deficits.
Acute liver toxicity and liver cancer are common features of people exposed to aflatoxin-contaminated food, particularly peoples in developing areas where cereal grains are the staple food in the diet.
She has just given them a ration of sadza, the local staple food, but they are looking at her with hungry eyes asking for more.
It has been more than 150 years since the Irish potato famine, when the funguslike disease called blight annihilated the staple food for millions of people.
Many people view peanut butter as a basic staple food, but when it comes to confectionery products there continue to be challenges.
One plan often mentioned involves the addition of temporary sterilants to water supplies or staple food.
Established in 1948, the Food Agency has been instrumental in ensuring the stable supply of rice, which is the staple food in Japan, from the producer to the consumer.
Costs vary throughout the world for a market basket of staple food items.
Japan will grant up to 649 million yen to help Nicaragua procure equipment and materials to rehabilitate hurricane-hit areas, and up to 300 million yen for buying fertilizers and farm machinery to boost hurricane-damaged production of rice and grains -- the nation's staple food, the ministry said.
Rice is the staple food for half the world's population,' Langley points out.