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Raw material

Material \Ma*te"ri*al\, n. The substance or matter of which anything is made or may be made.

Raw material, any crude, unfinished, or elementary materials that are adapted to use only by processes of skilled labor. Cotton, wool, ore, logs, etc., are raw material.

Raw material

Raw \Raw\ (r[add]), a. [Compar. Rawer (r[add]"[~e]r); superl. Rawest.] [AS. hre['a]w; akin to D. raauw, LG. rau, G. roh, OHG. r[=o], Icel. hr[=a]r, Dan. raa, Sw. r[*a], L. crudus, Gr. kre`as flesh, Skr. kravis raw flesh. [root]18. Cf. Crude, Cruel.]

  1. Not altered from its natural state; not prepared by the action of heat; as, raw sienna; specifically, not cooked; not changed by heat to a state suitable for eating; not done; as, raw meat.

  2. Hence: Unprepared for use or enjoyment; immature; unripe; unseasoned; inexperienced; unpracticed; untried; as, raw soldiers; a raw recruit.

    Approved himself to the raw judgment of the multitude.
    --De Quincey.

  3. Not worked in due form; in the natural state; untouched by art; unwrought. Specifically:

    1. Not distilled; as, raw water. [Obs.]

    2. Not spun or twisted; as, raw silk or cotton.

    3. Not mixed or diluted; as, raw spirits.

    4. Not tried; not melted and strained; as, raw tallow.

    5. Not tanned; as, raw hides.

    6. Not trimmed, covered, or folded under; as, the raw edge of a piece of metal or of cloth.

  4. Not covered; bare. Specifically:

    1. Bald. [Obs.] ``With skull all raw.''

    2. Deprived of skin; galled; as, a raw sore.

    3. Sore, as if by being galled.

      And all his sinews waxen weak and raw Through long imprisonment.

  5. Disagreeably damp or cold; chilly; bleak; as, a raw wind. ``A raw and gusty day.''

    Raw material, material that has not been subjected to a (specified) process of manufacture; as, ore is the raw material used in smelting; leather is the raw material of the shoe industry.

    Raw pig, cast iron as it comes from the smelting furnace.

raw material

n. 1 A material in its unprocessed, natural state considered usable for manufacture. 2 (context figuratively English) Any input to a factory or other installation which processes it.

raw material

n. material suitable for manufacture or use or finishing [syn: staple]

Raw material

A raw material, also known as a feedstock or most correctly unprocessed material, is a basic material that is used to produce goods, finished products, energy, or intermediate materials which are feedstock for future finished products. As feedstock, the term connotes these materials are bottleneck assets and are highly important with regards to producing other products. An example of this is crude oil, which is a raw material and a feedstock used in the production of industrial chemicals, fuels, plastics, and pharmaceutical goods; lumber is a raw material used to produce a variety of products including furniture.

The term "raw material" denotes materials in minimally processed or unprocessed states; e.g., raw latex, crude oil, cotton, coal, raw biomass, iron ore, air, logs, or seawater i.e. "...any product of agriculture, forestry, fishing and any other mineral that is in its natural form or which has undergone the transformation required to prepare it for internationally marketing in substantial volumes."

Africa has 30% of global reserves of non-energy mineral raw materials but this wealth has had a negative impact upon African countries. This phenomenon, known as " Dutch disease" or the " resource curse", occurs when the economy of a country is mainly based upon its exports due to its method of governance. An example of this is the "geological scandal" of the Democratic Republic of Congo as it is rich in raw materials; the Second Congo War focused on controlling these raw materials.

Raw materials are also used by non-humans, such as birds using found objects and twigs to create nests.

Raw Material (album)

Raw Material. is a Mars Ill album released in 2000, on Sphere of Hip Hop Records.

Raw material (disambiguation)

A raw material is the basic material from which goods, finished products or intermediate materials are manufactured or made.

Raw material may also refer to:

  • Raw Material (album), 2000 Mars Ill album
  • Raw Material (Uprok), 2002 Mars Ill album

Usage examples of "raw material".

And imagine the extent of the raw material, a little nation of nonpersons by the millions.

In their second year, the lumber experts would be expected to provide pulp for the manufacture of paper, as well as raw material for plastics and other chemicals.

Even now the blind scalpels of evolution took raw material adapted for a vanished world and cut and shaped it for the conditions of the new.

When the last morsel of raw material was exhausted, there were one hundred twenty-seven duplicates of Link's own shirt, besides the original shirt itself.

The cargo hold is filled with bales and bales of coarse brown fibrous material--raw material for life preservers or bran muffins, he supposes.

Creating unique blendings out of what was merely promising raw material.

Just dumping her body overboard means losing raw material, a loss we can't afford.