un·​ex·​plod·​ed ˌən-ik-ˈsplō-dəd How to pronounce unexploded (audio)
: not exploded
an unexploded bomb/shell
unexploded ammunition

Examples of unexploded in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The plot of Fuze revolves around the discovery of an unexploded World War II bomb at a London construction site, which sparks a mass evacuation as bomb disposal experts descend to defuse it. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Feb. 2024 In Pennsylvania, officials at the Gettysburg National Military Park called in the Army after an archaeologist uncovered an unexploded artillery shell believed to have been fired by the Confederates on the second day of the July 1863 battle. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 Dec. 2023 Images show the unexploded missile lying precariously on the ground. Victoria Beaule, ABC News, 25 Jan. 2024 There’s Max, who travels the world working to eliminate unexploded bullets and mines in war zones. Mary Ann Grossmann, Twin Cities, 21 Jan. 2024 The convoy also included a specialist in weapons contamination, a role includes assessing for unexploded munitions and potential health dangers after attacks. Claire Parker, Washington Post, 28 Oct. 2023 In South Carolina, a separate unexploded ordnance had to undergo a similar detonation. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 Dec. 2023 The weapons are banned by much of the world because unexploded bomblets can pose risks to civilians years after the weapon is fired. Mikhail Klimentov, Washington Post, 13 Sep. 2023 The White Helmets conduct hundreds of sessions to educate people on unexploded munitions, and residents credit the training with reducing casualties in recent years. Raja Abdulrahim, BostonGlobe.com, 19 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1889, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unexploded was circa 1889

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“Unexploded.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unexploded. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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