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UNKNOWN

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does unknown mean? 

UNKNOWN (noun)
  The noun UNKNOWN has 3 senses:

1. an unknown and unexplored region
2. anyone who does not belong in the environment in which they are found
3. a variable whose values are solutions of an equation

  Familiarity information: UNKNOWN used as a noun is uncommon.


UNKNOWN (adjective)
  The adjective UNKNOWN has 5 senses:

1. not known
2. being or having an unknown or unnamed source
3. not known to exist
4. not famous or acclaimed
5. not known before

  Familiarity information: UNKNOWN used as an adjective is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


UNKNOWN (noun)


Sense 1unknown [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An unknown and unexplored region

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Synonyms:

terra incognita; unknown; unknown region

Context example:

they came like angels out the unknown

Hypernyms ("unknown" is a kind of...):

region (a large indefinite location on the surface of the Earth)


Sense 2unknown [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Anyone who does not belong in the environment in which they are found

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

stranger; unknown; alien

Hypernyms ("unknown" is a kind of...):

interloper; intruder; trespasser (someone who intrudes on the privacy or property of another without permission)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "unknown"):

foreigner; outsider (someone who is excluded from or is not a member of a group)


Sense 3unknown [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A variable whose values are solutions of an equation

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

unknown quantity; unknown

Hypernyms ("unknown" is a kind of...):

variable (a symbol (like x or y) that is used in mathematical or logical expressions to represent a variable quantity)


UNKNOWN (adjective)


Sense 1unknown [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not known

Context examples:

an unknown amount / an unknown island / an unknown writer / an unknown source

Similar:

transcendent (beyond and outside the ordinary range of human experience or understanding)

unidentified (not yet identified)

unheard-of (previously unknown)

undiscovered; unexplored (not yet discovered)

undiagnosed (eluding diagnosis)

unbeknown; unbeknownst ((usually used with 'to') occurring or existing without the knowledge of)

little-known (unknown to most people)

chartless; uncharted; unmapped ((of unknown regions) not yet surveyed or investigated)

Also:

dishonorable; inglorious (not bringing honor and glory)

unfamiliar (not known or well known)

unacknowledged (not recognized or admitted)

Antonym:

known (apprehended with certainty)


Sense 2unknown [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Being or having an unknown or unnamed source

Synonyms:

nameless; unnamed; unknown; unidentified

Context examples:

a poem by an unknown author / corporations responsible to nameless owners / an unnamed donor

Similar:

anon.; anonymous (having no known name or identity or known source)


Sense 3unknown [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not known to exist

Context example:

things obscurely felt surged up from unsuspected depths in her

Similar:

unsuspected (not suspected or believed likely)


Sense 4unknown [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not famous or acclaimed

Synonyms:

unsung; obscure; unknown

Context examples:

an obscure family / unsung heroes of the war

Similar:

dishonorable; inglorious (not bringing honor and glory)


Sense 5unknown [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not known before

Synonyms:

strange; unknown

Context examples:

used many strange words / saw many strange faces in the crowd / don't let anyone unknown into the house

Similar:

unfamiliar (not known or well known)


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