from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Not crewed: an unmanned spacecraft.
- adj. Obsolete Not trained. Used of a hawk.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Not operated by a person or a crew.
- v. Simple past tense and past participle of unman.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Deprived of manly qualities; deficient in vigor, strength, courage, etc.; weak; effeminate.
- adj. Not tamed; not made familiar with, or subject to, man; -- also used figuratively.
- adj. Not furnished with men.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Not tamed; not yet familiar with man: a term in falconry.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. lacking a crew
Our spaceship of state still seems remarkably addicted to phasers and photon torpedoes, an addiction we refuse to own up to, even as we send one variety of our own spaceships, which we call unmanned aerial drones, over the tribal lands of Pakistan and Afghanistan armed with Hellfire missiles.
The U.S. does have two types of what they call unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs in its inventory.
There has been a sharp increase in unmanned missile strikes in the tribal region, with 21 attacks in September alone.
There has been a sharp increase in unmanned missile strikes, with 21 in September alone.
The whole debate between manned vs. unmanned is this magical thinking that if it is unmanned the cost will not skyrocket out of control.
Here too - in unmanned, underfunded science missions - movie and TV SF with none of the classic SF "sense of wonder" undercuts the pursuit of real science at its most wonderful.
What we need are advances in unmanned drones and missiles to counter these hypothetical advances.
MIT researchers are using tricked-out model helicopters, each about the size of a seagull, to demonstrate swarming behavior in unmanned micro-air vehicles (drones).
Still, a disproportionate amount of science takes place in unmanned missions for the amount of funding they receive, and sacrificing this science seems misguided at this point.
It does seem as though as strange and futuristic sounding as it is long-term unmanned aerial units are going to be the future of air defence.