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materials

inputs into the PRODUCTION process most of which are embodied in the finished goods being manufactured. Materials include raw materials such as metal ores and cotton, and manufactured components. The materials which are embodied in the finished product are known as DIRECT MATERIALS whereas other materials such as lubricants and other consumables which are used up during the production process are known as INDIRECT MATERIALS. See VALUE ADDED.
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We come to it freshly, in the dewy youth of the day, and when our spiritual and sensual elements are in better accord than at a later period; so that the material delights of the morning meal are capable of being fully enjoyed, without any very grievous reproaches, whether gastric or conscientious, for yielding even a trifle overmuch to the animal department of our nature.
Yet not altogether worthless, perhaps, as materials of local history.
In this way matters went on for some time, without producing any material effect on the relative situations of the contending powers.
And then the visitors were taken to the other parts of the building, to see what became of each particle of the waste material that had vanished through the floor; and to the pickling rooms, and the salting rooms, the canning rooms, and the packing rooms, where choice meat was prepared for shipping in refrigerator cars, destined to be eaten in all the four corners of civilization.
I thought there were excellent materials in him; though for the present they hung together somewhat spoiled and tangled.
You must tell her,' she continued, 'that I would answer her letter, but I have no materials for writing: not even a book from which I might tear a leaf.
She was not in bed; she was sitting with her writing materials before her, thinking.
Some silkworms' houses, made of the same materials, are scattered over the desks.
Having thus materials of every kind lying strewed around him, there was little, you observed, to embarrass the author, but the difficulty of choice.
Hence they are full of the most valuable materials for the enlightenment of the working class.
For this reason the Iliad and the Odyssey each furnish the subject of one tragedy, or, at most, of two; while the Cypria supplies materials for many, and the Little Iliad for eight--the Award of the Arms, the Philoctetes, the Neoptolemus, the Eurypylus, the Mendicant Odysseus, the Laconian Women, the Fall of Ilium, the Departure of the Fleet.
He came as a Baker: but owned, when too late-- And it drove the poor Bellman half-mad-- He could only bake Bridecake--for which, I may state, No materials were to be had.

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