Raw (?), a. [Compar Rawer (?); superl. Rawest.] [AS. hrexa0;w; akin to D. raauw, LG. rau, G. roh, OHG. r&omac;, Icel. hrar, Dan. raa, Sw. rx86;, L. crudus, Gr. kre`as flesh, Skr. kravis raw flesh. &root;18. Cf. Crude, Cruel.]
Not altered from its natural state; not prepared by the action of heat; as, raw sienna; specifically, not cooked; not changed by heat to a state suitable for eating; not done; as, raw meat.
Hence: Unprepared for use or enjoyment; immature; unripe; unseasoned; inexperienced; unpracticed; untried; as, raw soldiers; a raw recruit.
Approved himself to the raw judgment of the multitude.
Not worked in due form; in the natural state; untouched by art; unwrought.
- Not distilled; as, raw water.
- Not spun or twisted; as, raw silk or cotton.
- Not mixed or diluted; as, raw spirits.
- Not tried; not melted and strained; as, raw tallow.
- Not tanned; as, raw hides.
- Not trimmed, covered, or folded under; as, the raw edge of a piece of metal or of cloth.
Not covered; bare. Specifically:
- Bald. [Obs.]
"With scull all raw."
- Deprived of skin; galled; as, a raw sore.
- Sore, as if by being galled.
And all his sinews waxen weak and raw
Through long imprisonment.
Disagreeably damp or cold; chilly; as, a raw wind.
and gusty day."
Raw material, material that has not been subjected to a (specified) process of manufacture; as, ore is the raw material used in smelting; leather is the raw material of the shoe industry. -- Raw pig, cast iron as it comes from the smelting furnace.
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A raw, sore, or galled place; a sensitive spot; as, to touch one on the raw.
Like savage hackney coachmen, they know where there is a raw.
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