• WordNet 3.6
    • adj unconscious (followed by `of') not knowing or perceiving "happily unconscious of the new calamity at home"- Charles Dickens"
    • adj unconscious not conscious; lacking awareness and the capacity for sensory perception as if asleep or dead "lay unconscious on the floor"
    • adj unconscious without conscious volition
    • n unconscious that part of the mind wherein psychic activity takes place of which the person is unaware
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: General Henry Heth (1825-1888) leading a confederate division in the Battle of Gettysburg, was hit in the head by a Union bullet, but his life was saved because he was wearing a hat two sizes too large, with newspaper folded inside the sweatband. The paper deflected the bullet, and the general, unconscious for 30 hours, recovered and lived another 25 years.
    • unconscious Having no knowledge by experience; -- followed by of; as, a mule unconscious of the yoke.
    • unconscious Not conscious; having no consciousness or power of mental perception; without cerebral appreciation; hence, not knowing or regarding; ignorant; as, an unconscious man.
    • unconscious Not known or apprehended by consciousness; resulting from neural activity of which a person is not aware; as, an unconscious movement; unconscious cerebration. "Unconscious causes."
    • unconscious Unintentional; as, an unconscious insult.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • unconscious Not conscious. Not occurring in or attended by consciousness; subconscious: as, unconscious inference.
    • unconscious Not conscious to one's self; not self-conscious; not knowing; not perceiving; unaware; hence, regardless; heedless: as, unconscious of guilt or error.
    • unconscious Not known or perceived as existing in one's self; not felt: as, unconscious generosity.
    • unconscious Not possessing consciousness; non-conscious.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Unconscious un-kon′shus not conscious: not self-conscious, not perceiving
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  • Heinrich Heine
    “Mark this well, you proud men of action! you are, after all, nothing but unconscious instruments of the men of thought.”
  • Anais Nin
    “Our life is composed greatly from dreams, from the unconscious, and they must be brought into connection with action. They must be woven together.”
  • Karl Kraus
    “My unconscious knows more about the consciousness of the psychologist than his consciousness knows about my unconscious.”
  • Anne Sophie Swetchine
    “We reform others unconsciously when we walk uprightly.”
  • Christian Nevell Bovee
    “Example has more followers than reason. We unconsciously imitate what pleases us, and approximate to the characters we most admire.”
  • Count Leo Tolstoy
    “Man lives consciously for himself, but is an unconscious instrument in the attainment of the historic, universal, aims of humanity.”


In literature:

Barber or donkey-driver chats to you with a perfect frankness and unconsciousness of any need of reserve.
"Stray Studies from England and Italy" by John Richard Greene
He gave back their looks with defiance, and then he sank to the ground, unconscious.
"The Riflemen of the Ohio" by Joseph A. Altsheler
This reason had, perhaps unconsciously, weighed with him considerably more than the other two.
"Antony Gray,--Gardener" by Leslie Moore
Elizabeth was unconscious of any rivalry.
"The Wind Before the Dawn" by Dell H. Munger
He was unconscious that her eyes rested upon him.
"The Explorer" by W. Somerset Maugham
Every movement was one of unstudied, unconscious grace.
"The Sign of the Spider" by Bertram Mitford
And this unconscious prominence was to be the main reason for what next occurred.
"The Free Range" by Francis William Sullivan
In his nervousness he unconsciously grasped a small object on the table upon which his left hand had been lying.
"The Panchronicon" by Harold Steele Mackaye
In an instant I was at his side, but saw that he was already unconscious.
"The Golden Face" by William Le Queux
The patient is very pale and partially or completely unconscious.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts

In poetry:

For there her sleeping children lie
Unconscious of her woe;
Her choking sobs may not be stayed,
For oh, she loves them so!
"A Ballad Of 1812" by Sarah Anne Curzon
Yet still my plaint is uttered,
My tears and sighs are given
To earth's unconscious waters,
And wandering winds of heaven.
"The Serenade" by William Cullen Bryant
"As o'er thy sweet unconscious face
A mournful watch I keep,
I think, didst thou but know thy fate,
How thou wouldst also weep.
"Version Of A Fragment Of Simonides" by William Cullen Bryant
To trust it loyally as he
Who, heedful of his high design,
Ne'er raised a seeking eye to thine,
But wrought thy will unconsciously.
"The Death Of Grant" by Ambrose Bierce
I wander'd forth amid the flow'rs,
And careless sipp'd the morning air;
Nor hail'd the angel-winged hours,
Nor saw that Happiness was there!
Alas! I often since have wept
That Gratitude unconscious slept!
"Retrospect Of Youth" by Matilda Betham
The cloud, it knows not that it glows;
The rose knows nothing of its scent;
Nor knows the moon that it bestows
Light on our earth and firmament--
So is the soul unconscious of
The beauties it reveals through LOVE.
"Her Vesper Song" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

Trainers found the 19-year-old player was unconscious and had no pulse.
Police received a report that the infant was unconscious and not breathing at 9:17 am, according to a police release.
BANGOR, Maine — A children's martial arts instructor accused of molesting unconscious boys and recording the acts is now charged with assaulting one of his students in Maine.
A children's martial arts instructor accused of molesting unconscious boys and recording the acts is now charged with assaulting one of his students in Maine.
Jose Tomas lost 17 pints of blood and remains unconscious.
Pacquiao, you're looking a little unconscious there.
He is then seen jogging off while she lies unconscious on the sidewalk.
A man has been arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police chief to the point of unconsciousness on Thursday.
Woodbridge, CT (CTNow) — Two high school students face drug charges after one bought marijuana- laced crackers from the other and fell unconscious after eating it in the school cafeteria, police said.
Someone must be on shore to operate EMILY, and lifeguards have skills EMILY can't replicate EMILY also can't be used if a swimmer is unconscious.
He was found unconscious, alone in his cell, thousands of miles from home and family in Yemen.
Last year, he performed CPR on an unconscious man on the side of the road, earning him the award.
BANGOR, Maine — A children's martial arts instructor accused of molesting unconscious boys and recording the acts is now charged with assaulting one of his students in Maine .
Karris, 36, tried to convince the judge that it wasn't hate that motivated him to punch Joseph King, 49, in the face then twice stomp on the unconscious man 's head.
Habits are unconscious actions that we do out of routine.

In science:

First, there is the unconscious mechanical brain process governed by the Schroedinger equation.
Quantum theory and the role of mind in nature
In fact, this more or less unconscious assumption underlies most of the present attempts to understand the glass transition (Ediger et al 1996).
Energy landscape - a key concept for the dynamics of glasses and liquids
It is difficult if not impossible, at the present time, to know if conscious and unconscious matter can be described in a unified way.
From Knowledge, Knowability and the Search for Objective Randomness to a New Vision of Complexity
Given the great cultural gap which has opened between Mathematics and Physics, it is all too easy for these assumptions to become unconscious.
Categorical Geometry and the Mathematical Foundations of Quantum General Relativity
As we discuss below, altering most of these cuts has little effect on the final result, but this systematic exploration raises the specter of an unconscious fine-tuning to obtain the expected result.
Measurement of \Omega_m, \Omega_{\Lambda} from a blind analysis of Type Ia supernovae with CMAGIC: Using color information to verify the acceleration of the Universe