un·​ex·​plod·​ed | \ ˌən-ik-ˈsplō-dəd How to pronounce unexploded (audio) \

Definition of unexploded

: not exploded an unexploded bomb/shell unexploded ammunition

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Recent Examples on the Web Thorn expanded his efforts in Laos to include exporting coffee beans to America, installing wells, and supporting efforts to clear unexploded bombs and mines from the countryside. Kevin Fagan, SFChronicle.com, "SF Vietnam War vet Lee Thorn, peace activist who aided Laos, dead at 77," 29 June 2020 The burly appendage is designed to detect and identify unexploded ordnance from a safe distance. Christina Mackenzie, Popular Science, "This 1.9-ton steel arm can spot bombs and lift soldiers out of harm’s way," 17 June 2020 Almost 75 years after the end of the war, unexploded bombs are frequently found in Germany. Bloomberg.com, "Mass Evacuation Underway in German City Over WWII Bombs," 8 May 2020 The first threat came in the form of a pipe bomb, which was found unexploded on the grounds where the foundation holds its annual reenactment and led to its swift cancelation. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, "New evidence emerges linking Civil War reenactor to fake Antifa threats," 16 Apr. 2020 Post-conflict landscapes can be chock full of hazardous, 3-meter-long unexploded missiles. Sarah Derouin, Popular Mechanics, "The Drones That Track Down Buried Warheads," 6 Jan. 2020 Shortly before noon, a foot patrol of U.N. peacekeepers was seen near the border fence, searching the sides of a road with metal detectors apparently to make sure there are no unexploded shells. Washington Post, "Calm prevails on Lebanon-Israel border day after brief clash," 3 Sep. 2019 The water is up to 1,000 feet (300 meters) deep and the sea bed holds thousands of unexploded bombs dumped by Britain’s defense ministry after World War II. NBC News, "A bridge too far? UK looks at linking Scotland, Northern Ireland," 11 Feb. 2020 New finds include an unexploded bomb in the waters off Normandy and a previously unseen complex of German bunkers. Los Angeles Times, "What’s on TV Wednesday, Feb. 5: ‘Lego Masters’ on Fox," 4 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of unexploded

circa 1889, in the meaning defined above

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“Unexploded.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unexploded. Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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of a bomb : not yet exploded

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