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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The discoveries in Berlin of the many smaller unexploded devices rarely make headlines but on occasion, such as when a 500- or 1,000-pound bomb is unearthed, an entire neighborhood of the bustling German capital city is brought to a standstill. Erik Kirschbaum, latimes.com, "In a city littered with World War II-era explosives, Berlin's bomb squad is always on alert," 14 June 2018 But any duds would leave an area littered with unexploded ordnance, something that's happened to London before. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "What Are Airports Going to Do About Drones?," 9 Jan. 2019 Police said the unexploded package at the FedEx facility in Southeast Austin was one of two sent from a Sunset Valley FedEx Office store. Andy Sevilla, ajc, "Bomb at FedEx facility targeted Austin Med Spa employee, worker’s mom says," 22 Mar. 2018 Austin police called in a bomb squad at the FedEx center near Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, where the unexploded package was found. Manny Fernandez, Serge F. Kovaleski And John Ismay, New York Times, "For Austin Bomb Investigators, Each New Blast Offers New Clues," 20 Mar. 2018 Some skeptics have argued the mass might turn out to be an unexploded bomb, a tank or another war relic. Nina Adam, WSJ, "Treasure Hunter Searches Rhine River—for a Steam Engine," 9 Sep. 2018 And in addition to homemade bombs, members have also begun discussing trying to find unexploded World War II ordnance to make improvised explosive devices. Casey Newton, The Verge, "22 predictions for social media in 2019," 15 Dec. 2018 Earlier Tuesday, Navy, Coast Guard and law-enforcement officials scrambled to respond to what appeared to be an unexploded mine, covered by decades of growth, that was spotted mysteriously floating near Brownsville Marina in Kitsap County. Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times, "Unexploded ‘device’ floating near Brownsville Marina – described as a mine – detonated by Navy," 28 Aug. 2018 Russian state news media said on Thursday that Syria found two unexploded cruise missiles after the strikes and has handed them over to Russian officials. New York Times, "Missile Strikes Are Unlikely to Stop Syria’s Chemical Attacks, Pentagon Says," 19 Apr. 2018

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circa 1889, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unexploded

of a bomb : not yet exploded

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