- not finished; incomplete or unaccomplished.
- lacking some special finish or surface treatment, as polish, paint, etc.
- (of cloth) not sheared following the looming process.
- (of worsted) given a slight nap.
Origin of unfinished
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Examples from the Web for unfinished
They barricaded themselves in the unfinished two-story home.Did Israel Execute Jihadists in Gaza?
September 7, 2014
Atop the building, an unfinished roof deck awaits the enticement of a soon-to-be liquor license.Brooklyn’s Museum of Death: Inside Morbid Anatomy’s House of Intriguing Horrors
July 10, 2014
Now 27 years later, the giant, unfinished shell is a reminder of the country's unfulfilled tourism dreams.Nobody’s Home at the Hermit Kingdom’s Ghost Hotel
May 22, 2014
While visiting the artist, the curators candidly asked Johns to allow MoMA to debut his newest, and then unfinished, collection.Jasper Johns: The Secrets of a Master at Work
March 15, 2014
It is unclear who leaked the document—which was an unfinished draft of a plan of action.Inside Japan’s Bitcoin Heist
February 28, 2014
He once began a review of George Eliot's biography, but left it unfinished.Heroes of the Telegraph
Nothing amused me more than to go with him in the morning over the unfinished house.My Double Life
On a stool was the unfinished model of Fecundity swathed in wet cloths.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
There is a small statue opposite it also—unfinished, but "a spirit still."Modern Painters Volume II (of V)
It lay for many years in the basin at Hoboken an unfinished hulk.The Age of Invention
- incomplete or imperfect
- (of paint, polish, varnish, etc) without an applied finish; rough
- (of fabric) unbleached or not processed
- (of fabric) with a short nap
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Word Origin and History for unfinished
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