un·​con·​fined ˌən-kən-ˈfīnd How to pronounce unconfined (audio)
: not held back, restrained, or kept within confines : not confined
unconfined joy
… her black hair flowed about her unconfined.Wilkie Collins

Examples of unconfined in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Destroying a pier is likely beyond the capability of an unconfined sea drone explosion. Ben Hodges, Led Klosky, Robert Person, Foreign Affairs, 5 Dec. 2023 But the physics of an unconfined air blast that disperses its energy in all directions meant that only a small percentage of the blast’s force was focused directly on the bridge’s underside. Ben Hodges, Led Klosky, Robert Person, Foreign Affairs, 5 Dec. 2023 Let joy be unconfined! Vulture, 2 Nov. 2022 An average of about 2,400 calls are received by Anchorage Animal Care and Control each year about off-leash or unconfined animals, mostly dogs, said Tamiah Liebersbach, the administration manager for the municipal health department, which works alongside the Animal Control Advisory Board. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, 5 Feb. 2021 Principles of biological terrestrial locomotion have been discovered on unconfined vertical and horizontal substrates. Seriously Science, Discover Magazine, 31 May 2013 One, the kind researchers are now worried about, is the unconfined water that gathers in the pore spaces of soil very close to the surface. Rosanna Xiastaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 17 Jan. 2023 The dog population has soared and large numbers of canines reportedly scavenge for rodents freely and unconfined, further increasing the likelihood of transmitting the disease to humans and other animals. Rebecca Kreston, Discover Magazine, 29 Apr. 2014 When salt or frost conditions were thrown into the mix, the team used samples of cemented sandstones that were unconfined, or without any load-bearing pressure. Lacy Schley, Discover Magazine, 22 July 2014 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1607, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unconfined was in 1607

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

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