un·​lit | \ ˌən-ˈlit How to pronounce unlit (audio) \

Definition of unlit

: not lighted: such as
a : not kindled or ignited an unlit fire an unlit cigar
b : not illuminated with light unlit roads an unlit stairway

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Examples of unlit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The game clock on the main scoreboard at center court eventually came back to life but the clocks above the baskets remained unlit. Dana Gauruder, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons' Derrick Rose can't do it alone in 117-100 home-opener loss to Hawks," 25 Oct. 2019 Start with the first unlit bulb and work your way down, wiggling them to check for looseness. David Kender, USA TODAY, "Trouble with your Christmas lights? Here's what to do," 14 Dec. 2019 McCoy was driving a 2013 gray Chevrolet Camaro south on Southwest 62nd Avenue about 9 p.m. when Brown crossed the unlit street. Wayne K. Roustan, sun-sentinel.com, "Man charged in hit-run that killed father of 8," 29 Oct. 2019 Nico is tall and lean with silver curls, a French accent, and almost always a cigarette—lit or unlit—in his right hand. National Geographic, "In Corsica, on a quest for beautiful harmony," 24 July 2019 At the end, visitors were greeted by unlit caverns, a maze of tortuous passages, and no staff. National Geographic, "Beat the crowds at these abandoned U.S. national parks," 9 Nov. 2019 Even worse, some companies simply release the pure methane from unlit flares in a process called venting. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, "Permian flaring spikes to new record highs again," 6 Nov. 2019 An unlit cigarette clasped between two fingers of her other hand extends from an arm laid on a diagonal across the rectilinear table. Los Angeles Times, "Review: A Getty show rummages around in Edouard Manet’s private shadows," 22 Oct. 2019 The town has no proper hotel, just a corridor of five rooms with communal washing facilities on the third floor of a dilapidated block, entered via a smelly, unlit, unmarked stairwell. The Economist, "Russia’s Chukotka and America’s Alaska are an era apart," 17 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of unlit

circa 1764, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unlit was circa 1764

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12 Feb 2020

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“Unlit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unlit. Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unlit

: not having any light shining so you can see
: not burning : not lit
: not turned on to provide light

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