from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A merchant of the staple; a monopolist. See staple, 3.
  • noun One employed in assorting wool according to its staple.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A dealer in staple goods.
  • noun One employed to assort wool according to its staple.
  • noun A device used to drive a staple{8} into objects so as to fasten them together.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A device which binds together sheets of paper by driving a thin metal staple through the sheets and simultaneously folding over the ends of the staple against the back surface of the paper. Compare staple gun.
  • noun dated A dealer in staple goods.
  • noun dated One employed to sort wool according to its staple.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a machine that inserts staples into sheets of paper in order to fasten them together


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