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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
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
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A U-shaped loop of wire with points at both ends; used as a fastener.
The average fiber length to be used in spinning a yarn.
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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.
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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.
St Andrews Applicative Persistent Language. Language combining functional programming with persistent storage, developed at St. Andrews University in Scotland. Tony Davie, <email@example.com>.
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