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stapler

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[ stey-pler ]
/ ˈsteɪ plər /

noun

a machine for fastening together sheets of paper or the like, with wire staples.
a wire-stitching machine, especially one used in bookbinding.
Also called staple gun. a hand-powered tool used for driving heavy-duty wire staples into wood and other materials.

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Nearby words

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Origin of stapler

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First recorded in 1905–10; staple1 + -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for staple gun (1 of 2)

staple gun


noun

a mechanism that fixes staples to a surface

British Dictionary definitions for staple gun (2 of 2)

stapler

/ (ˈsteɪplə) /

noun

a machine that inserts staples into sheets of paper, etc, to hold them together
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for staple gun

stapler


n.

mechanical device for driving staples, by 1949; agent noun from staple (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper