- 1Not known or familiar: exploration into unknown territory his whereabouts are unknown to his familyMore example sentences
undisclosed, unrevealed, undivulged, untold, unspecified, secret, mysterious, dark, hidden, concealed; undetermined, undecided, unresolved, unfixed, unestablished, unsettled, unsure; pending, unascertained, undefined, indefinite, inconclusive, in the balance, in limbo, up in the airunexplored, uncharted, unmapped, untravelled, undiscovered, virgin; remote, exotic, outlandishunidentified, unnamed, nameless, anonymous, undesignated, incognito, mysterious• rare innominateunfamiliar, unheard of, unprecedented, new, novel, strange, exoticobscure, unheard of, little known, unsung, minor, insignificant, unimportant, undistinguished, unrenowned, inconsequential, lowly, unhonoured, forgotten
- But behind these familiar figures is an unknown Ganesha, whose origins lie deep in the subcontinent's prehistory.
- We fly and survey the familiar and yet unknown path below us and then we land and rest our eyes and minds and sun-seared souls.
- As Shawn and I were continuing our way to unknown territory, I spotted a familiar figure leaving some disco with a few other people.
- 1.1(Of a performer or artist) not well known or famous: unknown artists of the avant-gardeMore example sentences
- They are usually painted by nonacademic artists and unknown painters.
- The collection includes the famous as well as the not so famous and unknown artists too.
- So whether the production is large-scale or small, performed in London or Chichester, with famous or unknown actors is irrelevant to its success.
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- 1An unknown person or thing: she is a relative unknownMore example sentences
- More importantly for his reputation, the scientific world was bewildered that a relative unknown had out-thought and out-designed the world's finest minds.
- A decade ago, he was a relative unknown in a minority party.
- Indeed, with all the attention that has surrounded him of late, it's easy to forget that Fiennes was a relative unknown outside the West End five years ago.
- 1.1 (the unknown) That which is unknown: our fear of the unknownMore example sentences
- Christopher stated that the attack on liberal humanism, and economic rationalism and globalisation, reflect a common factor, fear of change, fear of the unknown.
- ‘Certainly there is an element of racism in the situation in Sighthill, but the stronger factor is ignorance and myths and a fear of the unknown,’ he said.
- Secondly, by attending an ante-natal class, parents can be educated and prepared, omitting the fear of the unknown, especially for first time parents.
- 1.2 Mathematics An unknown quantity or variable: find the unknown in the following equationsMore example sentences
- There is, however, work in progress concerning the numerical solution of linear equations with several unknowns using electrical circuits.
- He sets up the coefficients of the system of three linear equations in three unknowns as a table on a ‘counting board’.
- This leads to 5 linear equations in 5 unknowns and he refers the reader to an appendix containing Cramer's rule for their solution.
- Without the knowledge of: unknown to Miller the police had taped their telephone conversationMore example sentences
- Sudds was critically ill, to the knowledge of his wardens but unknown to Darling.
- When an infant comes near, her arms extend from her body to hold it, even if it is unknown to her.
- Clearly this delicate juggling process runs into trouble if games are moved around unknown to us.
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- Clearly, West Mexico's ‘unknownness’ rendered its grave goods malleable signifiers, and ironically, the ceramics' relative anonymity both led to and coexisted with regular appearances in twentieth-century visual culture.
- The externalisation of the world, the unknownness of the mind and the unknownness of the universe are the same.
- At the most it may be unknown, but that unknownness will disappear and it will be transformed into a known thing.