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unclosed

[uhn-klohzd] /ʌnˈkloʊzd/
adjective
1.
not closed:
an unclosed door.
2.
not brought to a conclusion or settlement; unfinished.
Origin of unclosed
1350-1400
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at un-1, closed

unclose

[uhn-klohz] /ʌnˈkloʊz/
verb (used with or without object), unclosed, unclosing.
1.
to bring or come out of a closed state; open.
Origin
First recorded in 1300-50, unclose is from the Middle English word unclosen. See un-2, close
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Examples from the Web for unclosed
Historical Examples
  • The portals of the cathedral were unclosed after the midnight mass.

  • As for me, the memory has lived with me all these hours since I unclosed my eyes at dawn.

    Margaret Tudor Annie T. Colcock
  • Lorraine glided into the hall and unclosed the door of the silent room.

    Lorraine Robert W. Chambers
  • She lay there with her unclosed eyes looking as the dead only look at the living.

    The Golden Dog William Kirby
  • But when he unclosed his hands there was never anything in them but water, and not much of that.

    Sunny Boy in the Country Ramy Allison White
  • But Suydam said nothing; he only unclosed his eyes languidly and smiled farewell to us.

    Quite So Thomas Bailey Aldrich
  • The lieutenant looked up at him wonderingly, as he unclosed his eyes.

    The Black Bar George Manville Fenn
  • It was the magic ring which had unclosed the dungeon of the nixies.

    Honey-Bee Anatole France
  • Her lips were unclosed, she seemed to be gasping for breath like one drowning.

    In the Roar of the Sea Sabine Baring-Gould
  • He suffered me to drop the shillings into his unclosed hand.

British Dictionary definitions for unclosed

unclose

/ʌnˈkləʊz/
verb
1.
to open or cause to open
2.
to come or bring to light; reveal or be revealed
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