un·​burned ˌən-ˈbərnd How to pronounce unburned (audio)
variants or unburnt
: not burned
unburned wood
a residue of unburned gunpowder
unburnt fuel

Examples of unburned in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Photograph: Fernando Alarcón/Grist Despite the danger, Pino and her students rummaged, pulling out specimens to examine from among unburned portions of the pile. Julia Shipley, WIRED, 13 Jan. 2024 In one of the most sensational cases, a single fingerprint on an unburned fragment of an incendiary device led to the 1991 arrest of John Orr, a 17-year veteran of the Glendale, California, fire department. John Riha, Discover Magazine, 12 Nov. 2023 The big surprise in one new study, conducted by environmental scientists at Stanford University, was the amount of unburned gas that leaks into kitchens when a stove is off. Claudia Wallis, Scientific American, 3 Oct. 2022 But pipeline leaks are a potential menace — in part because hydrogen is a powerful heat-trapping gas in its unburned form, and in part because the fuel is highly flammable. Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times, 19 Oct. 2023 These conditions would have allowed any smolders from the morning to spark again, igniting the now dryer, unburned fuel. Brianna Sacks, Washington Post, 2 Sep. 2023 Trees left unburned but cut decompose, also releasing their carbon. Emma Bryce, Scientific American, 20 Feb. 2023 With strong spring winds tossing embers into unburned territory, the fire has grown tens of square miles daily since starting April 6 when a prescribed burn intended to clear out brush and small trees — to prevent future fires — got out of control. Marcio J. Sanchez, The Arizona Republic, 12 May 2022 Venting releases the invisible methane into the air completely unburned and has been harder to track until more recent developments in satellite technology. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 10 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unburned was in the 13th century

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“Unburned.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unburned. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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