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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An unprocessed natural product used in manufacture.
  • n. Unprocessed material of any kind: These data are the raw material for the analysis.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. material that has not been subjected to a (specified) process of manufacture.
  • n. any crude, unfinished, or elementary materials that are adapted to use only by processes of skilled labor. .

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

  • n. material suitable for manufacture or use or finishing

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