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raw material

material before being processed or manufactured into a final form.
Origin of raw material
First recorded in 1790-1800 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The raw material out of which theology created the future state.

    The Devil's Dictionary Ambrose Bierce
  • There we shall build sheds for the storage of the raw material.

    Roden's Corner Henry Seton Merriman
  • As he gazes on the rushing flood he thinks of the waste of raw material.

  • It offers all its kingdoms to man as the raw material which he may mould into what is useful.

    Nature Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • In a word, the raw material was being tempered in the furnace of war.

    Submarine Warfare of To-day Charles W. Domville-Fife
British Dictionary definitions for raw material

raw material

material on which a particular manufacturing process is carried out
a person or thing regarded as suitable for some particular purpose: raw material for the army
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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