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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Tehran said the unmanned aerial vehicle was inside Iranian airspace when it was downed. Max Colchester, WSJ, "U.K. Navy Thwarts Iranian Attempt to Block BP Tanker," 11 July 2019 The company’s executives argue that, while Los Angeles dockworkers work 16 hours a day, the unmanned vehicles can operate 24 hours a day. Dakota Smith, latimes.com, "City deals blow to automation plan at the Port of L.A. The robots could still be coming," 28 June 2019 Construction sites in the area where roads were being repaired were largely unmanned as noon approached. Linda Givetash, NBC News, "Workers, seniors face health risk amid extreme heat wave in Europe," 27 June 2019 While self-driving cars that carry passengers still face significant regulatory obstacles, Yu says the path has been easier for unmanned delivery vehicles. Bloomberg News, The Denver Post, "Driverless delivery vans coming as production begins in China," 23 June 2019 The world’s biggest pizza company is teaming up with Nuro, a Mountain View startup that makes unmanned delivery vehicles. SFChronicle.com, "Musk to leave Twitter (maybe); Sotheby’s sold (definitely)," 17 June 2019 That includes everything from vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft, flying taxis, military unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and delivery drones. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "UPS seeks government approval for ‘advanced’ drone delivery service," 23 July 2019 Since then, unmanned aircraft have become ever more capable and more expensive, but not enough has been done to protect them against enemy attack. Taylor Dinerman, WSJ, "Defend Our Drones," 26 June 2019 The downing of the unmanned aircraft marked a new high in the rising tensions between the United States and Iran. Author: Darlene Superville, Anchorage Daily News, "Pompeo sets out to build global coalition against Iran," 24 June 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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