un·​con·​tained ˌən-kən-ˈtānd How to pronounce uncontained (audio)
: not restrained, checked, or controlled : not contained
uncontained mirth/joy
an uncontained explosion

Examples of uncontained in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Eleven large, uncontained wildfires are burning in the U.S. currently, six of which are in New Mexico, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. Jennifer Calfas, WSJ, 6 May 2022 As of mid-February 2024, at least 15 states have reported measles cases and multiple ongoing, uncontained outbreaks. Discover Magazine, 8 Mar. 2024 There is an uncontained fire north of the facility, the update said. NBC News, 29 Feb. 2024 In later years my family would drive past the funeral home en route to Chili’s or Bob Evans, and I was struck by the proximity of such convivial restaurants—so full of life, jingles on TV—to this site of uncontained grief. Dan Piepenbring, Harper's Magazine, 2 Feb. 2024 Impurities in the material used for high-pressure turbine disks could lead to premature cracks, potentially resulting in uncontained disk failures. Marisa Garcia, Forbes, 16 Feb. 2024 An uncontained engine failure on a previous generation Boeing 737 resulted in debris puncturing the cabin of Southwest Airlines flight 1380 in April 2018, resulting in a passenger being partially sucked out of the plane and killed. Kris Van Cleave, CBS News, 24 Jan. 2024 Nearly a dozen large, uncontained wildfires are burning from Arizona to the Texas Panhandle, as the wildfire threat in the region remains high Saturday due to windy conditions. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, 23 Apr. 2022 The fire remains completely uncontained in both countries, according to Washington and Canadian fire officials. Mary Gilbert, CNN, 31 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1611, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of uncontained was circa 1611

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“Uncontained.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uncontained. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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