Dictionary

raw material

raw material

noun

: the basic material that can be used to make or create something

Full Definition of RAW MATERIAL

:  crude or processed material that can be converted by manufacture, processing, or combination into a new and useful product <wheat … is raw material for the flour mill — C. A. Koepke>; broadly :  something with a potential for improvement, development, or elaboration <perplexities are often the raw material of discoveries — Agnes M. Clerke>

Examples of RAW MATERIAL

  1. Wheat and rye are the raw materials for a flour mill.
  2. His experiences during the war were the raw material for the story.

First Known Use of RAW MATERIAL

1796

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: raw milkPrevious Word in the Dictionary: RawlAll Words Near: raw material
March 04, 2015
sprightly Hear it
Full of life and energy
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears