un·​heard | \ ˌən-ˈhərd How to pronounce unheard (audio) \

Definition of unheard

1a : not perceived by the ear
b : not given a hearing
2 archaic : unheard-of

Examples of unheard in a Sentence

Their cries for help were unheard.

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Obviously, that sort of efficiency rating is unheard of in the world of solar panels. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Carbon Nanotubes Could Increase Solar Efficiency to 80 Percent," 25 July 2019 That abdication is unheard of in American restaurants of Saison’s standing. Taylor Kate Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: Fentanyl epidemic worsens in San Francisco," 24 June 2019 That kind of announcement-to-drop turnaround was unheard of at the time, as was giving an album away for free to anyone who wanted it, sparking industry debate on its ramifications. Allegra Frank, Vox, "Radiohead’s unreleased OK Computer audio was stolen. Now the band is letting everyone hear it.," 11 June 2019 Back in those days, coil-spring suspension was unheard of in the off-road world. Matthew Scott, Outside Online, "The New Defender Will Not Be Like the Old One," 7 June 2019 Some barrier, unseen and unheard by me, blocked our passage. Haben Girma, Twin Cities, "Haben Girma: Guide dogs don’t lead blind people. We wander as one.," 11 Aug. 2019 That’s a relatively small percentage of revenue derived from fares, but not unheard of, says Jonathan English, who studies transit ridership at Columbia University. Alex Davies, WIRED, "Free Bus Rides in Salt Lake City Might Not Be So Far-Fetched," 9 Aug. 2019 Atmospheric rivers are rare but not unheard of in Alaska. Matthew Cappucci, Anchorage Daily News, "An atmospheric river is drenching parts of Alaska after a stretch of scorching weather," 6 Aug. 2019 Impacts from asteroids the size of 2019 OK are very uncommon but not unheard of. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "A “city-killing” asteroid just zipped by Earth. Why didn’t we see it coming?," 26 July 2019

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First Known Use of unheard

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of unheard

: not given attention
: not heard or listened to


un·​heard | \ ˌən-ˈhərd How to pronounce unheard (audio) \

Kids Definition of unheard

: not heard I followed as softly as I could, and coming unheard into the kitchen, stood and watched him.— Robert Louis Stevenson, Kidnapped

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