un·​fired ˌən-ˈfī(-ə)rd How to pronounce unfired (audio)
: not fired
an unfired rifle
especially : not baked in a kiln
unfired clay pots

Examples of unfired in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Investigators have alleged an unfired bullet at the crime scene was ejected from Allen's semiautomatic pistol. Jake Allen, The Indianapolis Star, 7 May 2024 Made from unfired mud brick, the rectangular mastaba measures about 26 feet by 39 feet (8 meters by 12 meters) and features seven burial shafts, as well as another shaft for ceramic bowls and other items used in burial rituals. Lianne Kolirin, CNN, 25 Mar. 2024 Other communities experience so much violence that the confiscation of an unfired weapon from a school building filled with children doesn’t rate as news. Steven Rich, Washington Post, 10 Oct. 2023 The other part consists of two sculptural columns made of thin wooden strips partly covered with soft-looking blobs of purplish unfired clay. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 18 Aug. 2023 Marson and Central Maine Pyrotechnics acknowledged violating the state fire code during the July 4 exhibition and afterward by not properly disposing of unexploded shells and not beginning a search for unfired shells at first light the next morning, the statement said. Jeremy C. Fox, BostonGlobe.com, 26 July 2023 Multiple unfired cartridges were found inside the shelving units of the headboard, and additional ammunition was located inside a dresser. Hannah Kirby, USA TODAY, 27 Feb. 2023 The building in Dakar is oriented so that nearby trees provide shade, and its thick walls—made of the type of unfired compressed-earth bricks Steinmeier tried his hand at making—insulate the interior from the hot Senegalese climate. Jori Lewis, The Atlantic, 5 July 2022 Then, one of the duplicates jumps to another unfired origin, where it can be copied yet again. Ed Yong, Discover Magazine, 7 Sep. 2011

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Word History

First Known Use

1590, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unfired was in 1590

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“Unfired.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unfired. Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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