verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
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Origin of sprawl
OTHER WORDS FROM sprawlsprawler, nounsprawl·ing·ly, adverb
Example sentences from the Web for sprawl
Andersen, from the Sierra Club, suggested the county could even buy up land where developers have proposed sprawl developments as part of those protected tracts.County’s New Climate Plan Could Use the System That Doomed the Old Plan|MacKenzie Elmer|January 13, 2021|Voice of San Diego
San Diego County’s lame-duck supervisors recently approved yet another massive new sprawl development in the ecologically rich Proctor Valley.
The Otay project is just the latest in a long line of destructive and deeply unpopular sprawl developments greenlighted by county supervisors in recent years.
Handing out special exceptions for individual sprawl projects undermines these goals and allows big developers to play by different rules than everyone else.
Supervisors can no longer ignore the clear relationship between more urban sprawl and the increasingly deadly wildfires threatening residents.
Sprawled on chaise lounges with their knees high in the air and their legs spread wide.Powerful Congressman Writes About ‘Fleshy Breasts’|Asawin Suebsaeng|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Moments later, the unarmed Brown was sprawled dead in the street, having been shot at least six times.From Ferguson Cop Embroiled in a Brutality Suit to City Councilwoman|Michael Daly|August 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In another black-and-white shot, they are boyishly sprawled on the rose-printed carpet of their suite, reading piles of fan mail.
The other sprawled over two countries and included dinner at Versailles.Which of Kim Kardashian’s Weddings Was More Ridiculous?|Kevin Fallon|May 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But McKenna was not going to leave Glover sprawled unattended in the street.Why Was My Son Killed in Fallujah—and His Murderer Set Free?|Michael Daly|January 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Another man was sprawled on the gray broadloom of the reception room, a brownish puddle beneath his side.
"I don't want any darn coffee," he growled, and sprawled himself stomach down on the bed, with his face turned from the light.Cabin Fever|B. M. Bower
Over them he scrambled and he sprawled till he reached the little red and blue sleigh.Seven O'Clock Stories|Robert Gordon Anderson
The ropes ran loose in their hands, and the boys that held the ends sprawled over on the decks.The Rival Campers Afloat|Ruel Perley Smith
Our jaded beasts sprawled and stumbled disheartedly over the wet and slippery stones.The Cradle of Mankind|W.A. Wigram
British Dictionary definitions for sprawl
- the urban area formed by the expansion of a town or city into surrounding countrysidethe urban sprawl
- the process by which this has happened