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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web While its individual bits can’t be discerned, the delicate fabrication is the sum of many parts: It was made by dripping uncountable threadlike bits of unfired clay along fishing line. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 29 Sep. 2022 Fox News Digital also discovers an unfired round about 20 to 30 yards uphill from the crime scene, in a public area, and immediately alerts investigators. Fox News, 29 Sep. 2022 According to former Sheriff’s Office investigator Kristen King, six shell casings were recovered at the crime scene, along with one unfired round and an empty ammunition magazine. al, 16 Sep. 2022 The blended wing body design basically looks like a traditional tube and wing aircraft if the plane were made out of unfired clay and someone stepped on it, smushing the fuselage and wing into a single, thick body. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 9 July 2022 Putin may very well decide this is one weapon best left unfired. Matt Egan, CNN, 1 Mar. 2022 Four slug shell casings and an unfired buckshot round were found by a gas pump, while six 10mm shell casings were discovered where the Impala had been. John Lynch, Arkansas Online, 1 Dec. 2021 The exhibition’s principal and most moving work consists of thousands of unfired clay beads that have been strung in a labyrinthine pattern from the ceiling. Los Angeles Times, 31 July 2021 Magdolene Dykstra, a second-generation Egyptian Canadian, works in unfired clay to create sophisticated sculpture paintings. Briana Miller, oregonlive, 12 Jan. 2021 See More

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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 5 Dec. 2022.

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