unanchored

adjective
un·​an·​chored | \ ˌən-ˈaŋ-kərd How to pronounce unanchored (audio) \

Definition of unanchored

1 : not anchored : not at anchor
2 : not having a firm basis or foundation

Examples of unanchored in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But except for one young outlier, all of those dates cluster between 3.2 billion and 3.9 billion years, leaving the method unanchored, and highly uncertain, for surfaces younger than 3 billion years old, Terada says. Dennis Normile, Science | AAAS, "China set to bring back first rocks from the Moon in more than 40 years," 19 Nov. 2020 The weather service anticipates wind damage to porches, awnings, sheds and unanchored mobile homes. Nyssa Kruse, Arkansas Online, "Remnants of Laura expected to bring flooding, high winds to Arkansas with a chance for tornadoes," 27 Aug. 2020 With the latest acquisitions, KM Realty Investment Trust owns 30 unanchored shopping centers across the Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, El Paso and Phoenix markets. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "KM Realty acquires Katy shopping centers," 21 Oct. 2019 Prices and wages could suddenly and quickly accelerate should unemployment fall beneath some threshold at which everything becomes unanchored. The Economist, "The rich worldEconomists’ models of inflation are letting them down," 10 Oct. 2019 In 1993, Karničar had been the first to attempt skiing K2 but abandoned the effort after wind lifted his unanchored skis off the mountain at 25,900 feet. National Geographic, "Meet the skier who made the 'impossible' first solo descent of K2," 12 June 2019 But the centerpiece of the show is both impressive and instructive, even if it’s built on the flimsiest foundation and seems apt to topple over like an unanchored church steeple. John Anderson, WSJ, "‘Derren Brown: Miracle’ Review: Deception on the Stage and Under the Steeple," 21 June 2018 Update, October 20, 2017: Yet another child has died after an unanchored IKEA dresser tipped over, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Another Child Has Died After an IKEA Dresser Tipped Over," 20 Oct. 2017 The weather service says storm threats include damage to porches, carports, sheds and unanchored mobile homes. Bloomberg.com, "URGENT: The Latest: Dutch Government: 4 Irma Deaths on St. Maarten," 10 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of unanchored

1651, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Unanchored.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unanchored. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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