un·​burned | \ ˌən-ˈbərnd How to pronounce unburned (audio) \
variants: or unburnt \ ˌən-​ˈbərnt How to pronounce unburned (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 In the model, an unburned tree looks to the north, to the east, to the south, and the west. Julia Brodsky, Forbes, 29 May 2021 Spring conditions are arriving, with the hills reborn in green in the unburned areas across the foothills to the east. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 Mar. 2021 The leaves can also be left unburned and used as potpourri that lasts for up to three months. David Syrek, chicagotribune.com, 26 Feb. 2021 My unburned fingers had fused together with hard wax. Bindu Bansinath, Bon Appétit, 8 Dec. 2020 Some islands of land are usually left unburned, too. Ula Chrobak, Scientific American, 24 Nov. 2020 Originally adapted to routine, natural fires, many forests now contain swaths of unburned trees and vegetation that provide fuel for severe, long-lasting blazes. National Geographic, 8 Sep. 2020 In other imagery, burned vegetation appears brown while unburned vegetation still shows as bright green. Fox News, 31 Aug. 2020 High engine temperatures combine with moisture, combustion byproducts (such as unburned gasoline), rust, corrosion, engine-wear particles and oxygen to produce sludge and varnish, which can gum up and damage the engine. Paul Weissler, Popular Mechanics, 31 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of unburned

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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7 Jun 2021

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“Unburned.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unburned. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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