un·​aid·​ed | \ ˌən-ˈā-dəd How to pronounce unaided (audio) \

Definition of unaided

: not provided with help or assistance a star that is visible to the unaided eye [=that can be seen without a telescope or binoculars] : not aided or assisted paid for her education unaided by her parents … he walks unaided except for a simple wooden cane.— Kate Coyne

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Recent Examples on the Web All of these stars are within the faint Centaurus constellation, which can't be seen with the unaided eye. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Potential super-Earth found orbiting the nearest star from our sun," 15 Jan. 2020 Another 30% are partial eclipses, which are easy to see with the unaided eye. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "The first full moon of 2020 - known as the wolf moon - will rise Friday night," 9 Jan. 2020 Clearly visible with your unaided eyes - looking a bit like a laser pointer beam. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "How to Watch SpaceX Launch Another Batch of Starlink Rockets Tonight," 7 Jan. 2020 Hits on these instant-feedback targets show up easily to the unaided eye, so shooters can quickly see if their shot went exactly where it was planned or not. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Great Gifts for Target Shooters," 21 Nov. 2019 The 2-1 lead held up until early in the third, when a bad turnover below the goal line left Moe unaided against two Eagles, and Robinson scored his first of the season to pull Niagara back even. Jess Myers, Twin Cities, "Men’s hockey: Gophers sweep away Niagara," 20 Oct. 2019 Since around 13,000 low-Earth orbit satellites have been approved, a number that dwarfs the approximately 1,600 stars visible to the unaided human eye, astronomers voiced concern. Washington Post, "Why Low-Earth Orbit Satellites Are the New Space Race," 20 Sep. 2019 Starship’s robots go out unaided, but are monitored remotely. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "Why Your Ice Cream Will Ride in a Self-Driving Car Before You Do," 5 Jan. 2019 In fact, the Andromeda Galaxy is the farthest thing away that can be seen with our unaided eyes. Mike Lynch, Twin Cities, "Mike Lynch: The flying horse of autumn is on a rescue mission," 20 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of unaided

1667, in the meaning defined above

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“Unaided.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unaided. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unaided

: without help : not aided


un·​aid·​ed | \ ˌən-ˈā-dəd \

Kids Definition of unaided

: without help : not aided The star is visible to the unaided eye.

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