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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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The first remedy or prevention is to remove, by all means possible, that material cause of sedition whereof we spake; which is, want and poverty in the estate.
When the author came to revise the material, he found sins against taste which his zeal for righteousness could not suffice to atone for.
A second and more practical, but less systematic, form of this Socialism sought to depreciate every revolutionary movement in the eyes of the working class, by showing that no mere political reform, but only a change in the material conditions of existence, in economic relations, could be of any advantage to them.
The other, after a conscientious effort to build a terrestrial paradise out of the same materials, with the addition of a "grave and stately stork," spoils it all by blundering upon the ghastly truth at the last.
Nevertheless Lebrun went on copying the materials and ornaments with the closest fidelity - a process which Aramis watched with ill-concealed impatience.
He was no sooner gone than the great personages, who had taken no notice of him present, began to take much notice of him in his absence; but if the reader hath already excused us from relating the more brilliant part of this conversation, he will surely be very ready to excuse the repetition of what may be called vulgar abuse; though, perhaps, it may be material to our history to mention an observation of Lady Bellaston, who took her leave in a few minutes after him, and then said to Mrs Fitzpatrick, at her departure, "I am satisfied on the account of my cousin; she can be in no danger from this fellow.
Meanwhile the physicists, especially Einstein and other exponents of the theory of relativity, have been making "matter" less and less material.
But you said yourself the people are at such a low stage of material development: what help are schools for that?
I think, then, that we ought to adopt a material excellent in its way and of low price, such as cast iron.
For instance, a certain point of grammatical knowledge is present in the mind, but is not predicable of any subject; or again, a certain whiteness may be present in the body (for colour requires a material basis), yet it is never predicable of anything.
There is little definite material for an answer to this question, but the probability is that there were at least three contributory causes.
I hope that the list of available inexpensive editions of the chief authors may suggest a practical method of providing the material, especially for colleges which can provide enough copies for class use.

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