un·​lit | \ˌən-ˈlit \

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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Based on an audio recording taken from inside the business, authorities believed the man snatched a nonworking phone, a television remote, and a can of beer from the fridge, and wandered into the creepy unlit room. Deanna Paul, Washington Post, "A man who broke into an ‘escape room’ repeatedly called 911 when he couldn’t escape, police say," 12 July 2018 Almereyda exclaims when the filmmaker materializes, an unlit cheroot in his mouth. New York Times, "Review: A Godard Film About Making Movies Arrives in New York," 12 July 2018 Yet on this unforgiving highway, largely unlit and shrouded in fog, here drove a heedless Yordano Ventura between approximately 3 and 5 a.m. on Jan. 22. Vahe Gregorian And Maria Torres, kansascity, "Yordano Ventura’s final year filled with family turmoil, emotional distress," 6 July 2018 It was decided at Thursday’s meeting that at least one unlit baseball field would be built in phase one. Gary Gibula, Naperville Sun, "Naperville Park Board OKs plans for ambitious Southwest Community Park, with first phase open by 2020," 16 June 2018 As a sound like a dragon’s roar emerged from the fog, the valley ahead of us remained unlit, its dense, medieval haze instead rippling with the sound of rocket engines. Geoff Manaugh, The Atlantic, "Los Angeles, America’s Future Spaceport," 17 May 2018 Late-night entertainment was previously located on a stage in the canyon accessible only by an unlit, rocky downhill hike. Kellie Hwang, azcentral, "FORM Arcosanti returns May 11-13 with Chance the Rapper, Skrillex, Charli XCX," 7 May 2018 One person was fatally hit by a car on Sunday while traveling on an unlit road in the Mount Houston area, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "One fatally hit by car in Mount Houston area," 7 May 2018 There was no initial goal call on the play, reminiscent of a sequence in Game 2 in which the red goal light remained unlit after Pittsburgh's Patric Hornqvist jabbed at it from in front. Will Graves, baltimoresun.com, "Guentzel's two goals help Penguins beat Capitals, 3-1, even series at 2," 3 May 2018

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First Known Use of unlit

circa 1764, in the meaning defined above

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