feedstock

noun
feed·​stock | \ ˈfēd-ˌstäk How to pronounce feedstock (audio) \

Definition of feedstock

: raw material supplied to a machine or processing plant

Examples of feedstock in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That nation, for example, is also the world’s largest producer and exporter of active pharmaceutical ingredients, the chemical feedstock of modern medicine. Clifton Leaf, Fortune, "What we know about COVID-19," 20 Apr. 2020 And the low cost of electricity and chemical feedstocks based on fossil fuels will help contribute to a steady growth in industrial energy use. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "US government sees renewables passing natural gas in 20 years," 30 Jan. 2020 Typically, low oil prices stimulate the economy because the fossil fuel remains essential: oil fuels factories and transportation and even serves as the feedstock for a vast array of products. Justin Worland, Time, "Answers to Six Key Questions About the Oil Price Collapse," 11 Mar. 2020 In contrast, the industrial sector uses propane as a feedstock to make petrochemicals, plastics, and other products. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, "‘Innovate or die’: Propane industry fights for survival in a low-carbon future," 13 Feb. 2020 The plant would produce 1.3 million tons of ammonia per year from nitrogen gas and hydrogen feedstock with an estimated completion date in 2023. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, "Nearly $1B Gulf Coast Ammonia plant in Texas City to begin construction," 8 Jan. 2020 Today, 14 percent of oil and 8 percent of gas is used to make petrochemicals, the feedstock of plastics. Anchorage Daily News, "Coronavirus worries slow Alaska seafood exports," 3 Mar. 2020 The new system uses a millifluidic reactor, which operates at only 650 degrees Fahrenheit and forces the metal carbide feedstock through channels less than a millimeter wide. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "Cheap Nanoparticles Pave the Way for Carbon-Neutral Fuel," 19 Feb. 2020 They are churned out by bacteria that convert sand, nutrients, and other feedstocks into a form of biocement, much the way corals synthesize reefs. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "From 'living' cement to medicine-delivering biofilms, biologists remake the material world," 18 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of feedstock

1932, in the meaning defined above

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“Feedstock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feedstock. Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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