un·​bro·​ken | \ ˌən-ˈbrō-kən How to pronounce unbroken (audio) \

Definition of unbroken

: not broken: such as
a : whole, intact unbroken skin
b : continuous miles of unbroken forest
c : not subdued : untamed especially : not trained for service or use unbroken colts
d : not violated
e : not plowed
f : not disorganized advanced in unbroken ranks

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Examples of unbroken in a Sentence

an unbroken row of trees eight hours of unbroken sleep The band has had an unbroken string of hits. The Olympic record he set is still unbroken.
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Recent Examples on the Web Each fight scene revels in largely unbroken camera shots, allowing us to marvel in Robbie pulling off a surprising number of her own martial-arts stunts. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Birds of Prey review: Margot Robbie and the fantabulous redemption of DC," 7 Feb. 2020 Birthright citizenship, widely seen as a pillar of U.S. immigration law, is protected by the Constitution’s 14th Amendment and unbroken Supreme Court precedent. Michelle Hackman, WSJ, "State Department to Issue Rules Restricting U.S. Travel for Pregnant Foreigners," 23 Jan. 2020 Some lineages remain unbroken and their traditions and practices are proliferating. Tatyana Ali, Essence, "‘Birthright’: Tatyana Ali’s Heartfelt Essay On The Importance and Beauty Of A Black Woman’s Pregnancy Journey," 2 Oct. 2019 Voicing an unbroken series of chopping barks, Little Stubby, a mountain feist squirrel dog, is standing on his short hind legs with his forepaws leaning against a tall white oak. Colin Moore, Outdoor Life, "Hunting With Dogs is the Best Way to Bag Late-Winter Squirrels," 15 Jan. 2020 Whaler — an unbroken unshaven area from temple to chin to temple. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Hey beard lovers! Here's what you need to know about Louisville's whisker battle royale," 13 Jan. 2020 AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis The US drone strike that killed Qassem Soleimani, head of Iran’s special forces, on Jan. 3 means the 2020s will continue an unbroken string of decades dating to the 1770s in which the US has deployed its military overseas. Oliver Staley, Quartz, "The attack on Iran’s Soleimani is just the latest in a 245-year history of US military actions," 5 Jan. 2020 From Lyndon Johnson in 1956 to Ted Cruz in 2016, the Lone Star State has generated a steady and mostly unbroken string of White House contenders who stuck it out at least through the initial nominating contests. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "With Castro out, 2020 becomes rare presidential cycle without a Texan," 2 Jan. 2020 The knife had a small ripple near the base of the blade, but was unbroken and perfectly usable. David E. Petzal, Field & Stream, "The Six Best Survival Knives Ever Made," 1 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of unbroken

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Unbroken.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unbroken. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unbroken

: not damaged or broken
: not interrupted
of a record : not beaten or improved upon : not surpassed


un·​bro·​ken | \ ˌən-ˈbrō-kən How to pronounce unbroken (audio) \

Kids Definition of unbroken

1 : not damaged : whole
2 : not interrupted : continuous unbroken sleep
3 : not tamed for use an unbroken colt


un·​bro·​ken | \ -ˈbrō-kən How to pronounce unbroken (audio) \

Medical Definition of unbroken

: not broken unbroken skin

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