raw material


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

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Examples of raw material in a Sentence

His experiences during the war were the raw material for the story.
Recent Examples on the Web At that time, GM spokesman David Caldwell told the Free Press that forming partnerships for raw material sourcing secures GM's supply chain for EVs and makes the materials more North American-focused. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, 26 July 2022 The funds were needed to address rising raw material costs and find new sources of parts, the company said in an investor presentation. Sean Mclain, WSJ, 26 July 2022 Securing the raw material supply chain, training a skilled labor force, and navigating the operational logistics of increasing production takes a few years at minimum. Energy Innovation: Policy And Technology, Forbes, 8 June 2022 The electric vehicle supply chain is similarly exposed to raw material shortages. Mary Hui, Quartz, 23 May 2022 Supply chains have also been strained by raw material costs. BostonGlobe.com, 28 June 2022 To make sure all that can happen, GM has made strategic investments in key raw material suppliers and will do more, Jacobson said. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, 15 June 2022 Preventing textile waste from ending up as pollution and instead using it as the raw material for new textiles. Afdhel Aziz, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2021 That sounds, in theory, like promising raw material for a documentary that could give you an inside glimpse of Trump and his family dynamic. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 10 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of raw material

1612, in the meaning defined above

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8 Aug 2022

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“Raw material.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/raw%20material. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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