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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Despite multiple cleanups, unexploded ordnance has been found in the area. Martina Schimitschek, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Tierrasanta: ‘Island in the Hills’ is big on parkland, trails," 30 June 2019 The former battlefield still holds millions of unexploded shells, so that housing and farming are still forbidden in some areas. Sylvie Corbet, Fox News, "Volunteers re-enact World War I encampment in Verdun, France," 25 Aug. 2018 Despite a grainy video that purports to show Iranian military personnel removing an unexploded limpet mine from the side of one of the two ships attacked, allies in the region and elsewhere remain unconvinced by U.S. claims of Iranian culpability. Joseph Hincks, Time, "How U.S. Allies in the Middle East are Responding to Rising Tensions with Iran," 18 June 2019 The military earlier released video purporting to show IRGC personnel removing an unexploded mine from the side of one of the tankers. Gordon Lubold, WSJ, "Iran to Breach Limits of Nuclear Pact, as U.S. to Send More Troops to Mideast," 17 June 2019 Defense Department officials said one of the images shows sailors with the Revolutionary Guards removing an unexploded limpet mine from one of the tankers, the Kokuka Courageous, in the hours after an initial explosion. Edward Wong, New York Times, "Trump Adds Troops After Iran Says It Will Breach Nuclear Deal," 17 June 2019 Last week, the Pentagon released footage purporting to show an Iranian vessel affixing an unexploded mine to one of the ships. Stefan Becket, CBS News, "U.S. sending 1,000 more troops to Middle East amid tensions with Iran," 17 June 2019 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

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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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