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raw material

noun
1.
material before being processed or manufactured into a final form.
Origin
1790-1800
1790-1800
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  • Individual variation is the raw material on which natural selection operates.
  • Yes, the raw material is free, and peer reviewers are volunteers.
  • Smaller than popcorn kernels, these are the raw material from which plastic objects are made.
  • Winds also contributed raw material, the makings of sandstone layers hundreds of feet thick.
  • Use pallet stringers, which are the cross-pieces that bear the weight of shipped items, as raw material for garden boxes.
  • Flax is a plant that is better known as a raw material for textiles than as a food source.
  • The leftovers provide the raw material for smaller planets.
  • The shape of the zinc panels in one project were based on the standard size of the raw material, so as to reduce unusable scraps.
  • For such work-the primary dealings with raw material-his mind was well fitted.
  • But it is impossible to say what it, or any other raw material, might have become under the transforming breath of inspiration.
British Dictionary definitions for raw material

raw material

noun
1.
material on which a particular manufacturing process is carried out
2.
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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