un·​fin·​ished | \ ˌən-ˈfi-nisht \

Definition of unfinished

: not finished:
a : not brought to an end or to the desired final state
b : being in a rough state : unpolished
c : subjected to no other processes (such as bleaching or dyeing) after coming from the loom

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The word is lifted from a project by the artist collective Alterazioni Video, which has made a 10-year study of unfinished public works in Italy. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "Virgil Abloh Champions Incompiuto—Or the Incomplete—With His Men’s Pre-Fall Collection for Off-White," 16 Nov. 2018 Add two unfinished works, and maybe a dozen widely accepted as his and the total still comes to fewer than 20 paintings. John Hooper, WSJ, "Exhibits Mark 500 Years of Leonardo da Vinci, the Original Renaissance Man," 31 Oct. 2018 And, to paraphrase the words of the immortal John Fitzgerald Kennedy, permit me to say that Martin Luther King Jr.’s unfinished work on earth must truly be our own. Time Staff, Time, "Only One Official Eulogy Was Delivered at Martin Luther King Jr.'s Public Funeral. Read the Full Text Here," 4 Apr. 2018 Boeing deliveries in 2018 were hurt by late shipments of engines and parts from Spirit AeroSystems Holdings Inc., which left dozens of unfinished planes parked around Boeing’s Seattle-area facilities. Robert Wall, WSJ, "Boeing, Airbus Miss 2018 Jet Delivery Targets," 8 Jan. 2019 There were already legitimate concerns those ballots were mishandled, given the testimony of ballots that were collected unfinished or unsealed. Dylan Scott, Vox, "More evidence piles up in North Carolina election fraud scandal," 26 Dec. 2018 Lacquered maple doesn’t need to be hydrated, but for unfinished maple, stick with a mineral oil that contains no lemon extracts, such as F-One Oil by Music Nomad. Henry Robertson, Popular Mechanics, "How to Set Up a Guitar And Make It Your Own," 7 Dec. 2018 The platform also allows developers to upload unfinished games that can only be played by audiences specified by the creator, rather than allowing early access to anyone who pays or opts into it. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "The game store that outshines Steam by staying small and weird," 29 Nov. 2018 After her death, colleagues completed her unfinished project of 20 years, an annotated bibliography of paleoneurology that chronicled the field from its beginning in 1804 to 1966. Leila Mcneill, Smithsonian, "The Woman Who Shaped the Study of Fossil Brains," 1 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of unfinished

1539, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unfinished

: not completed : not finished


un·​fin·​ished | \ ˌən-ˈfi-nisht \

Kids Definition of unfinished

: not finished

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