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 His company, too, sources a raw material for its products — high performance polyethylene — from China. Joanna Slater, Washington Post, "After deadly border clash, India faces uncomfortable truths about its reliance on China," 26 June 2020 At the start of the war, in the early 1940s, easy access to roads, rail lines and the Ohio River led the federal government to select Louisville for rubber production, using alcohol from the state's bourbon industry as a raw material. James Bruggers, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville’s 'Black Lives Matter' protests echo a long quest for environmental justice," 18 June 2020 Faced with disruptions to raw material supplies from China because of the pandemic and millions of job losses following a nationwide lockdown, Modi has ratcheted up calls to boost local manufacturing and reduce India’s reliance on imports. Vrishti Beniwal, Bloomberg.com, "Modi Looks Inward to Save Indian Economy as Crisis Bites," 13 May 2020 One challenge is sourcing the raw material for the barriers. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "Plexiglass sales soar as companies seek ways to protect employees," 15 June 2020 Biscuit production is a voluminous business that begins with raw material and ends at a retail sales point. Alia Allana, The Atlantic, "One Biscuit, a Billion Stories," 13 June 2020 But supplies of the glass have been impacted by shortages in silica sand, the highly pure quartz sand that is the standard raw material used in glass-making, Kumar wrote in an April 26 research note. Alicia Wallace, CNN, "Finding a coronavirus vaccine is hard. Getting it to people is a whole other problem," 11 June 2020 Eventually the raw material excavated by Pooja and her peers will be collected by a broker who sells it to an exporter, who then delivers it to a manufacturer, typically in China. Lexy Lebsack, refinery29.com, "The Makeup Industry’s Darkest Secret Is Hiding In Your Makeup Bag," 31 May 2020 The goal of the research project, called the Resilient Drug Supply Project, is to bring more transparency to the murky pathways between obtaining raw materials and delivering drugs to patients. Will Callan, Detroit Free Press, "Will US drug supplies meet demand if Michigan hospitals see a second surge?," 18 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of raw material

1612, in the meaning defined above

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“Raw material.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/raw%20material. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of raw material

: the basic material that can be used to make or create something

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