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raw material

material before being processed or manufactured into a final form.
Origin of raw material
1790-1800 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Perhaps this singular power is still more conspicuous in 'Villette,' where she had even less of the raw material of poetry.

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

    Nature Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • It is not the business of a translator to attempt to outdo all others in singing the praises of his raw material.

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

    Submarine Warfare of To-day Charles W. Domville-Fife
  • Why should we send our raw material to the North to be manufactured?

    Twenty-Five Years in the Black Belt William James Edwards
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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