unsorted

adjective
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 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, "Will the Coronavirus Change the Way China’s Millennials See Their Country?," 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, "Mandatory Composting in New York? It Could Happen," 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, "How Pi Connects Colliding Blocks to a Quantum Search Algorithm," 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, "Review: Tom Hiddleston in a Love Triangle Undone by ‘Betrayal’," 5 Sep. 2019 At Recology’s recycling center on a San Francisco pier, huge mounds of unsorted paper, plastic, aluminum and glass lie on warehouse floors. Elena Shao, SFChronicle.com, "San Francisco is surviving the global recycling crisis. But it’s not easy," 9 Sep. 2019 Yet there is one way that quantum computing might be able to assist big data: by searching very large, unsorted data sets — for example, a phone directory in which the names are arranged randomly instead of alphabetically. Jennifer Ouellette, Quanta Magazine, "The Future Fabric of Data Analysis," 9 Oct. 2013 Near-impossible standards In past months, China has banned 24 kinds of solid waste, including unsorted paper, certain textile materials and low-grade polyethylene terephthalate often used in plastic bottles. Megan Janetsky, azcentral, "Some of your recyclables may be going to landfills," 4 July 2018 In a bid to curb its own rampant pollution, China has clamped down on the import of unsorted paper and plastics and intends to close down outdated industrial mills used to process foreign scrap into reusable raw materials. Bloomberg.com, "Bloomberg’s Week in Pictures," 10 May 2018

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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 11 Jul. 2020.

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