verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- to diminish or nullify the significance of by explanation: He couldn't explain away his absence from home at the time the robbery was committed.
- to dispel (doubts, difficulties, etc.) by explanation: She explained away the child's fears.
- expiratory stridor,
- expired gas,
- explain away,
- explain oneself,
Origin of explain
Examples from the Web for unexplained
A place where unexplained delays are a matter of course, and where public fingernail clipping is considered only a minor sin.Leaky Ceilings, Catcalls, and Uncaged Pythons: 4 Hours on NYC’s Worst Subway|Kevin Zawacki|August 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
One woman said her dog came back from Green Acre with unexplained chemical burns.Arizona Opens Investigation Into Deadly Doggie Disneyland|Caitlin Dickson|June 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At the time of her death police said the death was “non-suspicious” but “unexplained.”
They were well aware of the public anxiety that follows a large loss of life in unexplained circumstances.
“The death is being treated as a non-suspicious, but unexplained, sudden death,” a spokesman said.Peaches Geldof, Daughter of Rock Star Bob Geldof, Dies at 25|Nico Hines, Tom Sykes|April 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
These two birds have for centuries, from some unexplained cause, been always associated together.The Ornithology of Shakespeare|James Edmund Harting
How would she receive him, coming out of nowhere, unheralded and unexplained?The Kingdom Round the Corner|Coningsby Dawson
Many of the circumstances of the late disastrous meeting were to her as yet unexplained.The Cavaliers of Virginia|William A. Caruthers
If it is said that there are unexplained contradictions in the Bible, that fact is remembered.The Greatest English Classic|Cleland Boyd McAfee
Suddenly occurred a useless, unexplained pause of twenty-four hours.The Campaign of Chancellorsville|Theodore A. Dodge
Word Origin for explain
early 15c., from Latin explanare "to make level, smooth out;" also "to explain, make clear" (see explanation).
Originally explane, spelling altered by influence of plain. Also see plane (v.2). In 17c., occasionally used more literally, of the unfolding of material things: Evelyn has buds that "explain into leaves" ["Sylva, or, A discourse of forest-trees, and the propagation of timber in His Majesties dominions," 1664]. Related: Explained; explaining; explains.