semi·​fin·​ished ˌse-mē-ˈfi-nisht How to pronounce semifinished (audio)
: partially finished or processed
especially, of steel : rolled from raw ingots into shapes (such as bars, billets, or plates) suitable for further processing

Examples of semifinished in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Brazil Steel Institute said in a statement at the time that it was shocked by the announcement and warned that the decision would hurt the American steel industry, which needs semifinished products exported by Brazil to operate its mills. Letícia Casado, New York Times, 21 Dec. 2019 Brazil has argued that 80 percent of its steel exports to the United States are semifinished products used in the steel industry and therefore do not pose a threat. Shasta Darlington, New York Times, 2 May 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1902, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of semifinished was in 1902

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“Semifinished.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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