feed·stock | \ˈfēd-ˌstäk \

Definition of feedstock 

: raw material supplied to a machine or processing plant

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But such schemes rely on feedstock at below-market prices, so divert resources that might be better used elsewhere. The Economist, "Breaking the curseWhy Gulf economies struggle to wean themselves off oil," 21 June 2018 Ethane is used in plastics production and as a petrochemical feedstock. Rye Druzin, Houston Chronicle, "$550 million Texas natural gas project gets tax abatements from Nueces County," 13 July 2018 When there’s no local production capacity, the feedstock must be shipped out of the country and shipped back after refining. Munyaradzi Makoni, The Christian Science Monitor, "South African planes may soon fly on waste plants," 27 June 2018 The plant provides feedstocks to Valero's other Gulf Coast operations, and it's connected by pipeline to the Valero Houston Refinery. Mark Collette, Houston Chronicle, "Explosion, large fire at Texas City plant," 19 Apr. 2018 The second feedstock, N2, is easily separated from air, which is 78% nitrogen. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Ammonia—a renewable fuel made from sun, air, and water—could power the globe without carbon," 12 July 2018 Greater production of shale gas neatly fits that model, because gas is a vital feedstock for refineries and chemical production. Clifford Krauss, New York Times, "Halliburton and Saudi Aramco Reach Deal to Increase Gas Output," 28 May 2018 Refiners in those countries turned that oil into gasoline and diesel or feedstock for chemical plants to produce plastics and other petroleum derivatives. Bloomberg.com, "A Mideast Energy Giant Seizes New Energy Future," 10 May 2018 Unfortunately, that doesn't help much because the plant that gives us corn is actually a pretty low-quality biofuel feedstock. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Lumber’s lure: Thanks to physics, viable biofuel may grow in the woods," 5 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of feedstock

1932, in the meaning defined above

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