Raw a. [Compar. Rawer superl. Rawest.]
1. 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.
2. 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. --De Quincey.
3. Not worked in due form; in the natural state; untouched by art; unwrought. Specifically: (a) Not distilled; as, raw water. [Obs.] --Bacon. (b) Not spun or twisted; as, raw silk or cotton. (c) Not mixed or diluted; as, raw spirits. (d) Not tried; not melted and strained; as, raw tallow. (e) Not tanned; as, raw hides. (f) Not trimmed, covered, or folded under; as, the raw edge of a piece of metal or of cloth.
4. Not covered; bare. Specifically: (a) Bald. [Obs.] “With skull all raw.” --Spenser (b) Deprived of skin; galled; as, a raw sore. (c) Sore, as if by being galled.
And all his sinews waxen weak and raw
Through long imprisonment. --Spenser.
5. Disagreeably damp or cold; chilly; bleak; as, a raw wind. “A raw 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.
Raw, n. 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. --De Quincey.
adj 1: (used especially of commodities) in the natural unprocessed
condition; "natural yogurt"; "natural produce"; "raw
wool"; "raw sugar"; "bales of rude cotton" [syn: natural,
2: having the surface exposed and painful; "a raw wound"
3: not treated with heat to prepare it for eating [ant: cooked]
4: not processed or refined; "raw sewage"
5: devoid of elaboration or diminution or concealment; bare and
pure; "naked ambition"; "raw fury"; "you may kill someone
someday with your raw power" [syn: naked]
6: brutally unfair or harsh; "received raw treatment from his
friends"; "a raw deal"
7: not processed or subjected to analysis; "raw data"; "the raw
cost of production"; "only the crude vital statistics"
8: untempered and unrefined; "raw talent"; "raw beauty"
9: unpleasantly cold and damp; "bleak winds of the North
Atlantic" [syn: bleak, cutting]
10: inflamed and painful; "his throat was raw"; "had a sore
throat" [syn: sore]
11: used of wood and furniture; "raw wood" [syn: raw(a), unsanded]
12: lacking training or experience; "the new men were eager to
fight"; "raw recruits"; "he was still wet behind the ears
when he shipped as a hand on a merchant vessel" [syn: new,
wet behind the ears(p)]
13: (used informally) completely unclothed [syn: bare-assed, bare-ass,
in the altogether, in the buff, in the raw, peeled,
naked as a jaybird, stark naked]
n : informal terms for nakedness; "in the raw"; "in the
altogether"; "in his birthday suit" [syn: altogether, birthday