un·​burned | \ˌən-ˈbərnd \
variants: or unburnt \ ˌən-​ˈbərnt \

Definition of unburned 

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

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About one-third of the gasoline that goes into this sort of engine is spewed out, unburned, in an aerosol mixed with oil in the exhaust. Ken Goe, OregonLive.com, "Florida poised for NCAA men's title; UO women wait for Saturday: Oregon track & field rundown," 8 June 2018 Hill leisurely puffed the stogie until only two unburned inches remained. Eric Tegler, Popular Mechanics, "'A Suicide Club': How WWI Pilots Pioneered the Age of Airmail," 9 May 2018 The tiny Key deer was wrapped in a sheet, given oxygen and water and kept near firefighters until about 3 a.m. Monday when it was released unharmed into a nearby unburned area, officials said. Doug Phillips, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Fast-moving brush fire destroys Keys home; Key deer rescued from the blaze," 23 Apr. 2018 In most places the rainfall was welcomed and did not cause any major flooding from burned or unburned hill slopes. Lee Macdonald, Washington Post, "Those deadly mudslides you’ve read about? Expect worse in the future.," 20 Jan. 2018 High engine temperatures combine with moisture, combustion byproducts (including unburned gasoline), rust, corrosion, engine wear particles and oxygen to produce sludge and varnish. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "How To Pick The Right Motor Oil For Your Car," 18 Jan. 2018 Developed areas appear as gray, while unburned vegetation appears green. Carl Engelking, Discover Magazine, "The Dreadful Enormity of Southern California's Wildfires," 7 Dec. 2017 And then there are the unburned classrooms themselves. Stuart Leavenworth, sacbee, "Students with no schools. Teachers with no homes. Will Sonoma schools ‘get back to normal’? | The Sacramento Bee," 20 Oct. 2017 In Napa County cows munched, seemingly contented, in the few spots of unburned grass in their grazing fields. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, "California fires drive horses, dogs, even llamas to safety," 12 Oct. 2017

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13th century, in the meaning defined above

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