un·​sort·​ed | \ ˌən-ˈsȯr-təd How to pronounce unsorted (audio) \

Definition of unsorted

: not sorted unsorted mail

Examples of unsorted in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Postal workers in Michigan and Iowa described seeing entire pallets of boxes go unsorted and sit outdoors in the rain or summer heat. Washington Post, 25 Sep. 2020 In Philadelphia, where more than 235 postal workers have tested positive, local media outlets reported unsorted mail piling up in postal facilities and carriers unable to complete routes even after working extra hours. Maryam Jameel, ProPublica, 18 Sep. 2020 Faulkner concentrated on reading and writing during work hours, often sitting on sacks of unsorted mail. David Beard, National Geographic, 20 Aug. 2020 Meanwhile, the unsorted mail piles up and postal officials investigate how letters addressed to Tim Walz at P.O. Box 4337 ended up P.O. Box 4515 with the Lewis campaign. Jennifer Brooks, Star Tribune, 19 Aug. 2020 Then, as health-care workers across Hubei Province, where Wuhan is situated, made online pleas for supplies and protective gear, it was discovered that supplies paid for by private donations were languishing, unsorted, in Red Cross warehouses. Jiayang Fan, The New Yorker, 18 Mar. 2020 City Council staff members put the figure at $40 million, and said costs would be offset by savings on fuel and fees for transporting unsorted garbage to faraway landfills. Anne Barnard, New York Times, 12 Mar. 2020 Each of these little blocks will correspond to a name on the unsorted list, and the single block on the left represents the target name. Quanta Magazine, 21 Jan. 2020 In Pinter, the greatest dramatic weight lies in what’s unspoken, in the darkness of unsorted feelings. Ben Brantley, New York Times, 5 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of unsorted

1533, in the meaning defined above

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“Unsorted.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsorted. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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