from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An unprocessed natural product used in manufacture.
  • noun Unprocessed material of any kind.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A material in its unprocessed, natural state considered usable for manufacture.
  • noun figuratively Any input to a factory or other installation which processes it.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun material suitable for manufacture or use or finishing


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