Definitions

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  • adj. Not having a tar macadam (asphalt) surface.
  • adj. Rough, absorbent, without a glaze or finish.
  • adj. Below the surface.

Etymologies

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un- +‎ surfaced

Examples

  • Pretty much every other road was left unsurfaced and would be the colour of the local stone.

    19th century cyclists paved the way for modern motorists' roads | Carlton Reid

  • All tracks within the reserve are unsurfaced and most follow the major wadis.

    Aïr and Ténéré Natural Reserves, Niger

  • The work involves basic infrastructure improvement like clearing canals, clearing irrigation waterways, building stone wall boundaries, and basic improvements of unsurfaced roads, which is most of the roads in Afghanistan.

    General Petraeus, Will You Talk to Me Now?

  • Thung Yai is accessible by road (mostly unsurfaced) from Bangkok via Kanchanaburi.

    Thung Yai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary, Thailand

  • I dutifully went off to school wearing shoes - leather sandals without socks in summer, and proper shoes in winter - but usually took them off to play on the unsurfaced playground at school.

    There was a time...

  • Then we headed down the unsurfaced Norseman Road direct to Esperance, which perhaps was not a good idea.

    Archive 2008-04-01

  • The larger vehicles, which sank into the unsurfaced roads and could not move, had to be replaced with small Russian wagons drawn by horses.

    The Prize

  • While South Africa has 5 million of the continent's 8 million vehicles, by far the majority of the country's roads (126 000 km) are unsurfaced.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • If unsurfaced wood is used for forms, oil or grease the inside surface to make removal of the forms easier and to prevent the wood from drawing too much water from the concrete.

    Chapter 7

  • The walls also were bare, made of unsurfaced boards, warped and cracked.

    Gold Seekers of '49

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