Definition of raw material
- wheat … is raw material for the flour mill
- —C. A. Koepke
- perplexities are often the raw material of discoveries
- —Agnes M. Clerke
His experiences during the war were the raw material for the story.
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Raw materials are commodities, parts or substances that are assembled or processed to form a final product.
For example, the raw materials involved in chocolate chip cookies are butter, sugar, eggs, flour, vanilla, baking powder and chocolate.
Raw materials determine the quality and cost of producing an item. Many raw materials are commodities that trade on the futures market. For many companies, acquiring raw materials at a good price makes the difference between having a profitable year and having an unprofitable year.
: the basic material that can be used to make or create something
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