un·​dis·​cov·​ered | \ ˌən-di-ˈskə-vərd How to pronounce undiscovered (audio) \

Definition of undiscovered

: not found or found out : not discovered an undiscovered island as yet undiscovered talents undiscovered motives … detected the presence of a hitherto undiscovered element.— Paul Strathern

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The possibility of previously undiscovered chambers in the boy king’s tomb had generated massive interest around the world. Fox News, "King Tut statue sparks row as Egypt attempts to halt auction," 12 June 2019 Scientists are now better able to identify previously undiscovered faults, detect patterns of moving earthquake swarms — like the one in Riverside County — and identify faint clusters of foreshocks that occur before a larger earthquake. Rong-gong Lin Ii, latimes.com, "More than 400 small earthquakes rattle Southern California town: 'It’s been like a roller coaster'," 4 June 2019 Another dangerous situation is when investigators focused on one area of inquiry wind up exploring other undiscovered areas unrelated to the original probe. Danny Cevallos, NBC News, "Would lawyers let a client like Trump talk to federal investigators?," 24 Jan. 2018 Using this technique, the ScanPyramids team discovered a large, previously undiscovered open area just above the Grand Gallery. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Secret Room in Great Pyramid Discovered Thanks to Cosmic Rays From the Sun," 2 Nov. 2017 In the 1840s, mathematician Urbain Le Verrier analyzed the planet’s orbit and concluded that the irregularities were caused by another, as-yet-undiscovered planet messing with Uranus gravitationally. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Here's What We Know About Planet Nine," 9 Mar. 2019 As for the undiscovered, BAZAAR.com contributor and co-founder of luxury travel firm Black Tomato, Tom Marchant, is dubbing Tohoku a must visit for the new year. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 19 Best Places to Travel in 2019," 10 Jan. 2019 The playlists will include newer and older tracks, alongside previously undiscovered songs for that particular user. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "Similar to Spotify’s Daily Mix playlists," 18 Dec. 2018 But Wray added that other packages may yet be in transit, which means there’s a chance a working bomb remains undiscovered. Alex Ward, Vox, "2 possible reasons the pipe bombs didn’t explode," 26 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of undiscovered

1555, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of undiscovered

: not having been found or noticed : not discovered


un·​dis·​cov·​ered | \ ˌən-di-ˈskəv-ərd\

Kids Definition of undiscovered

: not discovered an undiscovered island

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