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Raw and Ripe Definitions

Raw

Uncooked
Raw meat.

Ripe

Fully developed; mature
Ripe peaches.

Raw

Being in a natural condition; not processed or refined
Raw wool.

Ripe

Sufficiently advanced in preparation or aging to be used or eaten
Ripe cheese.

Raw

Not finished, covered, or coated
Raw wood.
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Ripe

Thoroughly matured, as by study or experience; seasoned
Ripe judgment.

Raw

Not having been subjected to adjustment, treatment, or analysis
Raw data.
The raw cost of production.

Ripe

Advanced in years
The ripe age of 90.

Raw

Undeveloped or unused
Raw land.

Ripe

Fully prepared to do or undergo something; ready
"By 1965 the republic was ripe for a coup" (Alex Shoumatoff).
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Raw

Recently finished; fresh
Raw plaster.

Ripe

Sufficiently advanced; opportune
The time is ripe for great societal changes.

Raw

Inexperienced or untrained
A raw youth.
Raw recruits.

Ripe

Sensuous and full
Ripe lips.

Raw

Having subcutaneous tissue exposed
A raw wound.

Ripe

Coarse or indecent; vulgar
The comic's ripe language.

Raw

Inflamed; sore
A raw throat.

Ripe

Emitting a foul odor
"the dirt and stench ... the mountains of ripe bushmeat in every camp" (Bryan Mealer).

Raw

Unpleasantly damp and chilly
Raw weather.

Ripe

(of fruits, vegetables, seeds etc.) Ready for reaping or gathering; having attained perfection; mature
Ripe grain
Ripe apples

Raw

Powerfully impressive; stark
Raw beauty.
Raw talent.

Ripe

(of foods) Advanced to the state of fitness for use; mellow
Ripe cheese
Ripe wine

Raw

Direct in description and explicit in realistic detail
The film's raw depiction of urban poverty.

Ripe

(figuratively) Having attained its full development; mature; perfected

Raw

Crude, vulgar, or coarse
Raw language.

Ripe

(archaic) Maturated or suppurated; ready to discharge said of sores, tumors, etc.

Raw

Nude; naked
Was standing there raw.

Ripe

Ready for action or effect; prepared.

Raw

Engaged in without the protection of a condom.

Ripe

Like ripened fruit in ruddiness and plumpness.

Raw

Done in a rough or unrestrained manner. Used of sex.

Ripe

(obsolete) Intoxicated.

Raw

(Slang) Without a condom; unprotected.

Ripe

(law) Of a conflict between parties, having developed to a stage where the conflict may be reviewed by a court of law.

Raw

(cooking) of food Not cooked.
There's nothing but raw eggs for breakfast.

Ripe

Smelly: having a disagreeable odor.

Raw

Not treated or processed; in a natural state, unrefined, unprocessed.
Raw cane sugar
Raw sewage

Ripe

(agriculture) A fruit or vegetable which has ripened.

Raw

Having had the skin removed or abraded; chafed, tender; exposed, lacerated.
A raw wound

Ripe

The bank of a river.

Raw

New or inexperienced.
A raw beginner

Ripe

To ripen or mature

Raw

Crude in quality; rough, uneven, unsophisticated.
A raw voice

Ripe

To search; to rummage.

Raw

Uncorrected, without analysis.

Ripe

The bank of a river.

Raw

Unpleasantly cold or damp.
A raw wind

Ripe

Ready for reaping or gathering; having attained perfection; mature; - said of fruits, seeds, etc.; as, ripe grain.
So mayst thou live, till, like ripe fruit, thou dropInto thy mother's lap.

Raw

Unmasked, undisguised, strongly expressed.
Raw emotion

Ripe

Advanced to the state of fitness for use; mellow; as, ripe cheese; ripe wine.

Raw

Candid in a representation of unpleasant facts, conditions, etc.
A raw description of the American political arena

Ripe

Having attained its full development; mature; perfected; consummate.
He was a scholar, and a ripe and good one.

Raw

Unrefined, crude, or insensitive, especially with reference to sexual matters.

Ripe

Maturated or suppurated; ready to discharge; - said of sores, tumors, etc.

Raw

(obsolete) Not covered; bare; bald.

Ripe

Ready for action or effect; prepared.
While things were just ripe for a war.
I am not ripe to pass sentence on the gravest public bodies.

Raw

(slang) Without a condom.
We did it raw.

Ripe

Like ripened fruit in ruddiness and plumpness.
Those happy smilets,That played on her ripe lip.

Raw

An unprocessed sugar; a batch of such.

Ripe

Intoxicated.

Raw

A galled place; an inveterate sore.

Ripe

To ripen; to grow ripe.

Raw

A point about which a person is particularly sensitive.

Ripe

To mature; to ripen.

Raw

A recording or rip of a show that has not been fansubbed.

Ripe

Fully developed or matured and ready to be eaten or used;
Ripe peaches
Full-bodies mature wines

Raw

A scan that has not been cleaned purged of blemishes arising from the scanning process and has not been scanlated.

Ripe

Fully prepared or eager;
The colonists were ripe for revolution

Raw

(slang) To anally or vaginally penetrate without a condom.

Ripe

Most suitable or right for a particular purpose;
A good time to plant tomatoes
The right time to act
The time is ripe for great sociological changes

Raw

Not altered from its natural state; not prepared by the action of heat; as, raw sienna;

Ripe

At the highest point of development especially in judgment or knowledge;
A ripe mind

Raw

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.

Ripe

Far along in time;
A man of advanced age
Advanced in years
A ripe old age
The ripe age of 90

Raw

Not worked in due form; in the natural state; untouched by art; unwrought.

Raw

Not covered; bare.
And all his sinews waxen weak and rawThrough long imprisonment.

Raw

Disagreeably damp or cold; chilly; bleak; as, a raw wind.

Raw

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.

Raw

Informal terms for nakedness;
In the raw
In the altogether
In his birthday suit

Raw

(used especially of commodities) in the natural unprocessed condition;
Natural yogurt
Natural produce
Raw wool
Raw sugar
Bales of rude cotton

Raw

Having the surface exposed and painful;
A raw wound

Raw

Not treated with heat to prepare it for eating

Raw

Not processed or refined;
Raw sewage

Raw

Devoid of elaboration or diminution or concealment; bare and pure;
Naked ambition
Raw fury
You may kill someone someday with your raw power

Raw

Brutally unfair or harsh;
Received raw treatment from his friends
A raw deal

Raw

Not processed or subjected to analysis;
Raw data
The raw cost of production
Only the crude vital statistics

Raw

Untempered and unrefined;
Raw talent
Raw beauty

Raw

Unpleasantly cold and damp;
Bleak winds of the North Atlantic

Raw

Inflamed and painful;
His throat was raw
Had a sore throat

Raw

Used of wood and furniture;
Raw wood

Raw

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

Raw

(used informally) completely unclothed

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