American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An unprocessed natural product used in manufacture.
- n. Unprocessed material of any kind: These data are the raw material for the analysis.
- n. A material in its unprocessed, natural state considered usable for manufacture.
- n. figuratively Any input to a factory or other installation which processes it.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. any crude, unfinished, or elementary materials that are adapted to use only by processes of skilled labor. .
- adj. material that has not been subjected to a (specified) process of manufacture.
- n. material suitable for manufacture or use or finishing
“A man might esteem the accomplishment of picklemaking or linen-weaving as an excellent thing in woman; but unless expense was really no object he would not encourage his wife and daughters to excel in these particular arts, since it was cheaper to buy sheets and bottled onions round the corner than to purchase the raw material and set the female members of his family to work upon it.”
“In savage tribes which have suddenly come under the domination of a civilized race – a domination which usually means not only the cessation of tribal warfare, but a rapid decrease in the raw material of the chase – the male, debarred from the exercise of his former avocations, frequently refuses to do anything at all.”
“The first answer is that the original population that the human selectors used as their raw material consisted not of wild rats but of domesticated laboratory-bred white rats.”
“On her left lay a bundle of the straight, smooth hazel rods called spar-gadsthe raw material of her manufacture; on her right a heap of chips and endsthe refusewith which the fire was maintained; in front a pile of the finished articles.”
“Moreover, we shall see that those pieces pleased most in which, as in the Fantasia and Krakowiak, the national raw material was merely more or less artistically dressed up, but not yet digested and assimilated; if the Fantasia left the audience cold at the first concert, this was no doubt owing to the inadequacy of the performance.”
“But as the composer grows in maturity, he subjects the raw material to a more and more thorough process of refinement and development before he considers it fit for artistic purposes; the popular dances are spiritualised, the national characteristics and their corresponding musical idioms are subtilised and individualised.”
“Long, tentacle-like manipulators would extend outward, away from the camouflaged vessel and beneath the surface, to collect the large volume of fossil carbon from which it would extract the other raw material it needed.”
“Until the discovery of Manningham's Diary, Shakespeare was not supposed to have gone beyond these sources, and it was thought something uncertain to which of these he was most indebted for the raw material of his play.”
“Old master carried the keys of all the store houses; measured out the allowance for each slave at the end of every month; superintended the storing of all goods brought to the plantation; dealt out the raw material to all the handicraftsmen; shipped the grain, tobacco, and all saleable produce of the plantation to market, and had the general oversight of the coopers 'shop, wheelwrights' shop, blacksmiths 'shop, and shoemakers' shop.”
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