un·​manned | \ ˌən-ˈmand How to pronounce unmanned (audio) \

Definition of unmanned

1 : not manned an unmanned spaceflight
2 of a hawk : not trained

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The unmanned aircraft stationed on Abaco was owned by Fli Drone, which launched its delivery service just before the hurricane hit. Wired, "The First Hurricane Relief Drone Was Ready to Fly—Then Dorian Hit," 17 Sep. 2019 Such energy-saving kinematics could help improve the efficiency of miniature unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) used for surveillance. Shweta Narayan, Smithsonian, "How Engineers of New Energy Technology Are Taking Cues From Nature," 31 Aug. 2019 Hahn described these countermine crafts, the most widely used version being the MK18, as a gateway to broader naval use of unmanned underwater systems. The Atlantic, "Coming Soon to a Battlefield: Robots That Can Kill," 3 Sep. 2019 This is always a possibility with expendable, unmanned aircraft, but the LJ-1 is the first to advertise the capability. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "China's Loyal Wingman Drone Flies Alongside Manned Fighters," 31 Aug. 2019 Welcome to the age of direct-energy weapons versus unmanned aerial systems. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "The Marines’ New Drone-Killer Aces Its First Real World Test," 22 July 2019 Since then, dozens of expeditions by explorers, artifact salvagers, tourists and unmanned vehicles have visited the ship. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "The Titanic Is Being Reclaimed by the Sea," 22 Aug. 2019 The capsule was launched by a new Soyuz 2.1a rocket, which has only been used to launch unmanned vehicles. Fox News, "Russian life-sized robot launched on mission to the International Space Station," 22 Aug. 2019 The unmanned, 30-foot-long vehicle can deliver up to 12,125 pounds of supplies and can remain attached to the ISS and become an extension of the workable space. Richard Tribou, orlandosentinel.com, "Dream Chaser spacecraft to launch to ISS on ULA’s Vulcan rockets," 14 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of unmanned

1544, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of unmanned

: not carrying or done by a person

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