un·​burned | \ ˌən-ˈbərnd How to pronounce unburned (audio) \
variants: or unburnt \ ˌən-​ˈbərnt How to pronounce unburnt (audio) \

Definition of unburned

: not burned unburned wood a residue of unburned gunpowder unburnt fuel

Examples of unburned in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web All that unburned fuel swamped refineries and storage facilities and sent oil prices into negative territory for the first time. Ryan Dezember, WSJ, "Return to the Road Drives Oil Price to Largest Ever Monthly Gain," 1 June 2020 In other cases, unlit flares allow all the methane that passes through them to vent, unburned, into the air. Phil Mckenna, ExpressNews.com, "Bad news for climate: Methane emissions in Permian even higher than feared," 23 Apr. 2020 The fire started on Jan. 23 at around 8 p.m. on the fourth floor, destroying the roof of the building but leaving the museum’s collection unburned. Julia Jacobs, New York Times, "After the Fire, a Chinatown Museum Sifts Through What Survived," 23 Mar. 2020 John Johanson, an incident commander trainee, said the flames have been contained around the perimeter edge, but smoke and active fire are moving within the interior through unburned vegetation. Aubrey Carpenter, azcentral, "Woodbury Fire is at 100% containment, but it's not controlled," 16 July 2019 There is overwhelming evidence that ensuring a livable planet requires keeping fossil fuels in the ground, unextracted and unburned. Lisa Song, ProPublica, "Cap and Trade Is Supposed to Solve Climate Change, but Oil and Gas Company Emissions Are Up," 15 Nov. 2019 The photos show homes, schools, and businesses – dentist offices, motels, bars, McDonald’s – in unburned form. Martin Kuz, The Christian Science Monitor, "In California town destroyed by fire, a search for meaning," 22 May 2019 The team also found the DNA of three fire-loving fungi species in the soil, even in unburned areas. Jake Buehler, Science | AAAS, "‘Bodysnatching’ fungus hides inside its neighbors between blazes," 1 Nov. 2019 Instead, coal’s smoke contains unburned or half-burned particles of carbon, sulfur oxide, nitrogen oxides, and lots of complex organic molecules formed in the process of combustion. Akshat Rathi, Quartz, "The science of what makes coal so dirty," 23 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of unburned

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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18 Jun 2020

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“Unburned.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unburned. Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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