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arcology

[ ahr-kol-uh-jee ]
/ ɑrˈkɒl ə dʒi /

noun plural ar·col·o·gies for def 2.

a concept of architectural design in which an ideal city is contained within one immense vertical structure, thereby reducing wasteful consumption and preserving the natural surroundings: We are to imagine the principle of arcology as an opposite alternative to urban sprawl.
a city contained within one immense vertical structure, considered ideal for reducing wasteful consumption and preserving the natural surroundings: Students from nine states entered their designs for East Coast arcologies.

Nearby words

arcking, arcm, arcmin, arco, arcograph, arcology, arcosolium, arcs, arcsec, arcsin, arctan

Origin of arcology

First recorded in 1965–70; arc(hitecture) + (ec)ology
Related formsar·co·log·i·cal [ahr-kuh-loj-i-kuhl] /ˌɑr kəˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl/ adjectivear·co·log·i·cal·ly, adverbar·col·o·gist, noun
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