natural resource


Definition of natural resource

1 natural resources plural : industrial materials and capacities (such as mineral deposits and waterpower) supplied by nature

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That said, there’s certainly value in seeking out natural alternatives to synthetic fibers and dyes — whether they’re made from feces, shrimp, or other natural resources — to address the specific issue of microfiber pollution. Tabor Wordelman, Teen Vogue, "Your Yoga Pants Are Polluting the Water You Drink," 19 Dec. 2018 Baluch insurgents say their province’s natural resources have been exploited for decades by Pakistan and, now, by China. Eva Dou, WSJ, "Militants Attack Chinese Consulate in Pakistan," 23 Nov. 2018 The Department of the Interior and its bureaus have the responsibility for managing the nation’s natural resources. Walter Cruickshank, Houston Chronicle, "Offshore production vital to Gulf economy, U.S. energy strategy," 1 May 2018 And while Franklin is known for her work as a soul singer, her astonishing, powerful, intelligent voice — the voice that the state of Michigandeclared to be a natural resource — can do almost anything. Vox, "Aretha Franklin dead at 76: reflections on the legendary Queen of Soul," 16 Aug. 2018 The latest comprehensive plan for the seven-county area covered economic development, livable communities, protection of natural resources, traffic improvements, and collaboration of all levels of government. Susan Demar Lafferty, Daily Southtown, "CMAP plan draws variety of comments," 14 July 2018 What are two of Friendswood’s natural resources? A. Oil and timber B. Oil and natural gas C. Phosphorous and timber 12. Carissa D. Lamkahouan, Houston Chronicle, "Test your knowledge of local history," 3 July 2018 Money would be spent for projects that protect natural resources, such as reducing flood risk, improving fish habitat or improving forest health. Phuong Le, The Christian Science Monitor, "Carbon fee measure poised for Washington State ballot," 3 July 2018 That made him a natural resource as former pitcher Mark Grant moved into the television booth for Padres broadcasts in the late ‘90s. Jeff Sanders,, "Longtime Padres coach Picciolo dies; 'just loved the game of baseball'," 5 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of natural resource

1776, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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: something (as water, a mineral, forest, or kind of animal) that is found in nature and is valuable to humans

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