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

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