un·​re·​in·​forced | \ ˌən-ˌrē-ən-ˈfȯrst How to pronounce unreinforced (audio) \

Definition of unreinforced

: not reinforced unreinforced masonry unreinforced brick buildings

Examples of unreinforced in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The restoration project revealed deeper problems: behind coats of paint and plaster, the chapel’s unreinforced concrete interior walls were crumbling. Mark Lamster, Dallas News, 24 June 2021 For The Times) Older single-family homes, by and large, are considered safer than bigger brittle concrete, unreinforced masonry and soft-story apartment buildings. Los Angeles Times, 11 June 2021 Hills Construction specializes in seismic retrofits and workers are busy reinforcing homes, a year after the Wasatch Front's strongest earthquake on record shook unreinforced masonry structures. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 Mar. 2021 In New Zealand, Brower wanted older buildings to be covered by building codes and for regulators to prioritize fixing those parts that would fall off first in a quake, like parapets and unreinforced masonry. Nick Perry, Star Tribune, 18 Feb. 2021 For years, city officials have viewed the boxy Salt Lake Mattress Co. Building as a focal point, but the structure’s unreinforced masonry saw heavy damage in the March 18 earthquake. Tony Semerad, The Salt Lake Tribune, 25 Oct. 2020 This obelisk, which marks the birthplace of Jefferson Davis, is the tallest unreinforced concrete structure in the world, and just 10 feet shorter than the Omni Louisville Hotel. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, 17 June 2020 The council voted 4-0 to repeal the ordinance and to formally create an unreinforced masonry workgroup. oregonlive, 23 Oct. 2019 Inmates have bored holes in the building’s unreinforced concrete large enough to hide contraband weapons, drugs and phones, corrections officials have acknowledged. Jerry Mitchell, ProPublica, 12 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of unreinforced

1837, in the meaning defined above

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“Unreinforced.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unreinforced. Accessed 3 Aug. 2021.

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