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unfinished

[uhn-fin-isht] /ʌnˈfɪn ɪʃt/
adjective
1.
not finished; incomplete or unaccomplished.
2.
lacking some special finish or surface treatment, as polish, paint, etc.
3.
(of cloth) not sheared following the looming process.
4.
(of worsted) given a slight nap.
Origin
1530-1540
1530-40; un-1 + finished
Related forms
unfinishedness, noun
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Examples for unfinished
  • The wood can be stained or left unfinished to weather naturally.
  • It wasn't a mistake per se, but merely an unfinished drawing by one dot.
  • The colonists took the sachem to an unfinished house and gave him some cushions on which to recline.
  • Erasing the stigma attached to the unfinished thesis starts with us.
  • Technology problems will not normally be accepted as excuses for unfinished work.
  • To do so is to admit that one is imperfect, searching, unfinished.
  • Sharing outlines and unfinished subsections will help you clarify your thinking as you write.
  • The fourth pit is empty, a testament to the original unfinished construction.
  • And he was traveling with a long, roughly shaped stalk of yew-an unfinished longbow, yet to be notched and strung.
  • Discovering that the tunnel was left unfinished solves an archaeological mystery.
British Dictionary definitions for unfinished

unfinished

/ʌnˈfɪnɪʃt/
adjective
1.
incomplete or imperfect
2.
(of paint, polish, varnish, etc) without an applied finish; rough
3.
(of fabric) unbleached or not processed
4.
(of fabric) with a short nap
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Word Origin and History for unfinished
adj.

1550s, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of finish (v.).

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