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 Global production of the raw material lithium carbonate equivalent, or LCE, totaled 380,000 tons in 2019. Paul A. Eisenstein, NBC News, 15 June 2021 Businesses are hungry for more data to power the artificial intelligence models that are becoming ever more central to business success and edge computing promises to deliver more of the raw material faster. Martin Giles, Forbes, 8 June 2021 Computer chips are not the only raw material seeing shortages and price increases. Chris Isidore, CNN, 1 June 2021 Lobbyists have also told other governments, in meetings and phone calls, that a waiver would not address shortages any time soon, but would strain raw material supplies. Ed Silverman, STAT, 29 May 2021 This led to a clamor in India for the US to open up raw material exports and offer more aid to the country in the form of its unutilised AstraZeneca vaccine stock. Manavi Kapur, Quartz, 8 May 2021 Like many of its neighbors, Peru made significant economic progress in the last two decades, using raw material exports to lift income, shrink inequality and raise middle-class dreams. New York Times, 29 Apr. 2021 The move by the maker of Kleenex tissues has triggered analysts’ expectations that more companies will start raising prices for tissue products, to become the latest consumer good to be impacted by higher raw material costs during the pandemic. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, 31 Mar. 2021 Data and information are the raw material of business today – but the ability to put that data to work depends on the architectural choices leaders are making right now. Mark Foster, Fortune, 26 May 2021

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First Known Use of raw material

1612, in the meaning defined above

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21 Jun 2021

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“Raw material.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/raw%20material. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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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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