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[编辑] GRE 红宝书

  • n.主要产品
  • [英] n.主要产品 ( the chief commodity or production)
  • [例] the staples of British industry ( 英国工业的主要产品)

[编辑] Webster Collegiate

I. noun

  • Etymology: Middle English stapel post, staple, from Old English stapol post; akin to Middle Dutch stapel step, heap, emporium, Old English steppan to step
  • Date: 13th century
  • a usually U-shaped fastener: as
    • a. a metal loop both ends of which are driven into a surface to hold the hook, hasp, or bolt of a lock, secure a rope, or fix a wire in place
    • b. a small wire both ends of which are driven through layers of thin and easily penetrable material (as paper) and usually clinched to hold the layers together
    • c. a usually metal surgical fastener used to hold layers of tissue together (as in the closure of an incision)

II. transitive verb (stapled; stapling)

  • Date: 14th century
  • to provide with or secure by staples

III. noun

  • Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French estaple, from Middle Dutch stapel emporium
  • Date: 15th century
  • 1. a town used as a center for the sale or exportation of commodities in bulk
  • 2. a place of supply ; source
  • 3. a chief commodity or production of a place
  • 4.
    • a. a commodity for which the demand is constant
    • b. something having widespread and constant use or appeal
    • c. the sustaining or principal element ; substance
  • 5. raw material
  • 6.
    • a. textile fiber (as wool and rayon) of relatively short length that when spun and twisted forms a yarn rather than a filament
    • b. the length of a piece of such textile fiber

IV. adjective

  • Date: 1615
  • 1. used, needed, or enjoyed constantly usually by many individuals
  • 2. produced regularly or in large quantities <staple crops such as wheat and rice>
  • 3. principal, chief

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