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  Dictionary Definition of raw

1. uncooked, as articles of food.
2. (of foods, textiles, etc.) not having undergone processes of preparing, dressing, finishing, refining, or manufacture.
3. (of numerical data) exactly as counted, before scaling, adjustment, etc.
4. unnaturally or painfully exposed, as flesh, etc., by removal of the skin or natural integument.
5. painfully open, as a sore, wound, etc.
6. crude in quality or character; not tempered or refined by art or taste.
7. ignorant, inexperienced, or untrained: a raw recruit.
8. brutally or grossly frank: a raw portrayal of human passions.
9. Colloquial harsh or unfair: a raw deal.
10. disagreeably damp and chilly, as the weather, air, etc.
11. not diluted, as spirits.
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12. the raw, a. a crude, uncultured state: the play portrayed life in the raw. b. a state of nakedness; nudity: she sunbakes in the raw. c. a particularly sensitive place, point, topic or the like: her remark touched him on the raw.
[OE hreaw ; cognate with OHG hrao, ON hrar raw; akin to L cruor blood, Greek kréas raw meat]