• WordNet 3.6
    • adj crude not processed or subjected to analysis "raw data","the raw cost of production","only the crude vital statistics"
    • adj crude devoid of any qualifications or disguise or adornment "the blunt truth","the crude facts","facing the stark reality of the deadline"
    • adj crude conspicuously and tastelessly indecent "coarse language","a crude joke","crude behavior","an earthy sense of humor","a revoltingly gross expletive","a vulgar gesture","full of language so vulgar it should have been edited"
    • adj crude belonging to an early stage of technical development; characterized by simplicity and (often) crudeness "the crude weapons and rude agricultural implements of early man","primitive movies of the 1890s","primitive living conditions in the Appalachian mountains"
    • adj crude not refined or processed "unrefined ore","crude oil"
    • adj crude not carefully or expertly made "managed to make a crude splint","a crude cabin of logs with bark still on them","rough carpentry"
    • n crude a dark oil consisting mainly of hydrocarbons
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Prior to 1907, when the United States started mass production of asphalt from crude oil, the roads were paved from asphalt bought from Trinidad, which had a pitch lake that was the world’s first large commercial source of natural asphalt.
    • Crude (Paint) Harsh and offensive, as a color; tawdry or in bad taste, as a combination of colors, or any design or work of art.
    • Crude Having, or displaying, superficial and undigested knowledge; without culture or profundity; as, a crude reasoner.
    • Crude In its natural state; not cooked or prepared by fire or heat; undressed; not altered, refined, or prepared for use by any artificial process; raw; as, crude flesh. "Common crude salt.""Molding to its will each successive deposit of the crude materials."
    • Crude Not reduced to order or form; unfinished; not arranged or prepared; ill-considered; immature. "Crude projects.""Crude , undigested masses of suggestion, furnishing rather raw materials for composition.""The originals of Nature in their crude Conception."
    • Crude Undigested; unconcocted; not brought into a form to give nourishment. "Crude and inconcoct."
    • Crude Unripe; not mature or perfect; immature. "I come to pluck your berries harsh and crude ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • crude Being in a raw or unprepared state; not fitted for use by cooking, manufacture, or the like; not altered, refined, or prepared by any artificial process; not wrought: as, crude vegetables; the crude materials of the earth; crude salt; crude ore.
    • crude Hence 3. Unrefined; unpolished; coarse; rough; gross: as, crude manners or speech; a crude feast.
    • crude Not worked into the proper form; lacking finish, polish, proper arrangement, or completeness; hence, exhibiting lack of knowledge or skill; imperfect: said of things: as, a crude painting; a crude theory; a crude attempt.
    • crude Characterized by lack of sufficient knowledge or skill; unable to produce what is finished, polished, or complete: said of persons.
    • crude Synonyms Raw. Crude. See raw.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Crude krōōd raw, unprepared: not reduced to order or form: unfinished: undigested: immature
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  • Giambattista Vico
    Giambattista Vico
    “The nature of peoples is first crude, then severe, then benign, then delicate, finally dissolute.”
  • Source Unknown
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    “The stone age was marked by man's clever use of crude tools; the information age, to date, has been marked by man's crude use of clever tools.”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    “Even today a crude sort of persecution is all that is required to create an honorable name for any sect, no matter how indifferent in itself.”
  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
    “Variability is one of the virtues of a woman. It avoids the crude requirement of polygamy. So long as you have one good wife you are sure to have a spiritual harem.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. crudus, raw; akin to cruor, blood (which flows from a wound). See Raw, and cf. Cruel
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. crudus, raw.


In literature:

Crudely made, with wide blades and rough wooden handles.
"A Catalogue of Early Pennsylvania and Other Firearms and Edged Weapons at "Restless Oaks"" by Henry W. Shoemaker
That was the crude fact.
"The Triflers" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
We'll have to grow up in our own crude way.
"Torchy As A Pa" by Sewell Ford
Then came the first crude flying-machines, using clumsy, inefficient engines.
"The Black Star Passes" by John W Campbell
The beating of their crude tom toms is the only thing that appeals to their ears.
"The Wonder Island Boys: The Tribesmen" by Roger Finlay
The spears themselves were hardly more than crudely shaped lengths of wood, their points charred in the fire.
"Storm Over Warlock" by Andre Norton
The crude saltpeter is dissolved in water and the solution evaporated until the saltpeter crystallizes.
"An Elementary Study of Chemistry" by William McPherson
They've worked on them for years, but they're pretty crude yet.
"Spacehounds of IPC" by Edward Elmer Smith
The cellulose content of foods is included in the crude fiber of the chemist's report.
"Human Foods and Their Nutritive Value" by Harry Snyder
Their religion at the most was a very crude imitation of the worship of their masters.
"The Journal of Negro History, Volume 3, 1918" by Various

In poetry:

How somnolent this face, how roughly hewn
This crude and massive torso! With a sense of
Half-conscious fear I meet its vapid grin,
So timid, so defenseless.
"The Stone Idol" by Ivan Bunin
You are not Catullus, you know,
To lampoon these crude sketches of Caesar. You are far
From Dante's feet, but even farther from his dirty
Political hatreds.
"Be Angry At The Sun" by Robinson Jeffers
Believe me, dear Pisos, that just such a freak
Is the crude and preposterous poem
Which merely abounds in a torrent of sounds,
With no depth of reason below 'em.
"Consistency" by Eugene Field
There's a little crude knot
Who visit this spot—
What wonderful statesmen they'd make;
What pity that they
From "the helm" are away
They'd rectify ev'ry mistake.
"Lines, Written At The Blue Ball, Rochdale." by Samuel Bamford
GREAT thoughts in crude, unshapely verse set forth
Lose half their preciousness, and ever must.
Unless the diamond with its own rich dust
Be cut and polished, it seems little worth.
"Quatrains" by Thomas Bailey Aldrich
This knife will do . . . and now to slash and slash;
Rip them to ribands, rend them every one,
My dreams and visions — tear and stab and gash,
So that their crudeness may be known to none;
Poor, miserable daubs! Ah! there, it's done. . . .
"Room 4: The Painter Chap" by Robert W Service

In news:

Teen Lingo - (warning - contains some crude or offensive language).
The 100-foot tower is formed by a mish-mash of crude timbers, poles and sticks loosely woven and lashed together in the clearing of a Vanuatu jungle.
Concern over the cost of crude shoots to the top of CFOs' worry list.
Ruble Climbs, Yields Fall as Crude Rises on Middle East Concerns.
Ruble Slides First Time in Four Days as Crude Oil Retreats.
According to a March 1 report from Bloomberg, crude supplies for loading at Libyan ports may start to run low because of disrupted production at oil fields caused by an uprising against leader Muammar Qaddafi, two ship owners said.
I couldn't find any­thing in my crude, home-built telescope.
OVER THE past three years, significant increases in storage tank capacity were added worldwide for crude oil and refined petroleum products.
Crude oil from the tanker Exxon Valdez, swirls on the surface of Alaska's Prince William Sound in 1989.
The Environmental Protection Agency has fined Enterprise Crude Pipeline of Houston, Texas, $5,000 for violating the federal Clean Water Act.
(SOC) let a $518 million contract for part of Iraq's Crude Oil Export Facility Reconstruction Project, also known as the Sea Line Project, to Leighton Holdings Ltd unit Leighton Offshore.
Sweet Crude From Seaway Pipeline Offered in the US Gulf.
Front-month crude climbed 1.2% Apr 17 in the New York futures market in anticipation of an earlier reversal of the Seaway Pipeline to carry oil from the Midwest to the Gulf Coast.
Enbridge Inc and Enterprise Products Partners LP said they have secured capacity commitments from shippers enabling them to proceed with expansion of the Seaway Pipeline, flow of which they're reversing to carry crude oil from Cushing, Okla.
Crude and natural gas futures prices peaked in intraday trading Feb 1 at their highest levels in weeks before spiraling down among mixed market signals.

In science:

Stong [St1] used cycle indices to obtain crude asymptotic bounds for the probability that an element of GL(n, q) is semisimple.
Random matrix theory over finite fields: a survey
This is a crude, but often effective, quantum dynamic random access memory (Q-DRAM).
Prospects for a Quantum Dynamic Random Access Memory (Q-DRAM)
Although this ob ject is the second brightest X-ray source in the HDF-N and is of great scientific interest, only crude X-ray spectral fitting is possible at present.
The Chandra Deep Survey of the Hubble Deep Field North Area. IV. An Ultradeep Image of the HDF-N
Consequently, estimates of integration times required for detection of the SZE Cl s are crude.
Observing the CMB with the AMiBA
This equation will be the basis of our subsequent study but I point out that the approximation (3) may be too crude for some applications.
How photon detectors remove vacuum fluctuations