un·​con·​tained | \ ˌən-kən-ˈtānd How to pronounce uncontained (audio) \

Definition of uncontained

: not restrained, checked, or controlled : not contained uncontained mirth/joy an uncontained explosion

Examples of uncontained in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web About 60 fires are burning around New South Wales, with 27 uncontained while being battled by more than 1,000 firefighters, the Rural Fire Service said. SFChronicle.com, "News of the Day From Around the World, Nov. 15," 15 Nov. 2019 An event at a gas station in Edmonton to celebrate the repeal of Alberta’s consumer carbon tax was canceled in response to heavy smoke from uncontained wildfires elsewhere in the province. Kevin Baker, Harpers Magazine, "January 2019," 10 June 2019 Image There are currently 29 large uncontained fires raging across the United States. New York Times, "‘The New Normal’: Wildfires Roar Across the West, Again," 2 July 2018 Years earlier, in 2010, a Qantas Airbus A380, the world’s largest plane, suffered an uncontained engine failure after taking off from Singapore for Australia; pilots succeeded in landing the crippled plane safely back at Changi. Barbara Peterson, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Often Do New Airplanes Have Problems?," 2 Nov. 2018 An engine on the plane had an uncontained failure, throwing off debris. Zach Wichter, BostonGlobe.com, "Aspiring pilots find a job seeker’s market," 27 May 2018 Kevlar shielding and other design elements are primarily intended to prevent such an event, called an uncontained failure. Andy Pasztor, WSJ, "FAA Expands Engine Checks After Southwest Accident," 21 June 2018 While a National Transportation Safety Board investigation is still underway, NTSB officials confirmed that the uncontained engine failure aboard Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 was the result of a fan blade breaking from a crack near the fan's hub. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Southwest Airlines protested airworthiness directive designed to prevent engine failures," 19 Apr. 2018 The blade flew outside of the engine in an uncontained failure causing engine parts to damage the wing, fuselage and breaking a cabin window. Andy Pasztor, WSJ, "Fan Blade, Engine Cover Are Factors in Southwest Flight 1380 Engine Failure," 19 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of uncontained

circa 1611, in the meaning defined above

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“Uncontained.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uncontained. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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