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
Staffing has been a particular struggle for HammerDown, the destination smokehouse on a stretch of rural Virginia highway that looks to be losing a battle with suburban sprawl.
Similarly, Capretz said she hopes the new board puts a stop to all planned sprawl development still percolating in the county’s planning system.
If elections are a technology, then the machine consists of an enormous sprawl of moving parts that goes well beyond what most people realize.How Wisconsin’s slowed-down mail could decide the election|Bobbie Johnson|October 27, 2020|MIT Technology Review
SONGS, sandwiched into the narrow strip between the sea and the highway that connects the urban sprawls of San Diego and Los Angeles, began operations in the late 1960s and churned out carbon-free energy for decades.Finding homes for the waste that will (probably) outlive humanity|Katie McLean|October 21, 2020|MIT Technology Review
Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced a plan earlier this year to densify development and cut back on urban sprawl, though the City Council has not yet taken it up for approval.The Climate Problem Facing Coastal Building Height Limits|MacKenzie Elmer|October 20, 2020|Voice of San Diego
A shot rang out as Brinsley took his own life, sprawling with the gun at his side.
He presides over a sprawling media and sports empire that spans from the Lakers to The Chronicles of Narnia.The Right-Wing Billionaire Who Bowed to North Korea over ‘The Interview’|Asawin Suebsaeng|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Now, AIG was a huge, sprawling company, with lots of assets and decent insurance businesses, especially in Asia.Remember the $182 Billion AIG Bailout? It Just Wasn’t Generous Enough|Daniel Gross|October 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Inherent Vice brings you a sprawling, unobstructed narrative, and then asks you to savor as much as you can.There Will Be Spliffs: ‘Inherent Vice’ Is a Bizarro Stoner Noir|Alex Suskind|October 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Or have you delved into the sprawling waters of spin-offs, like Dating Naked, maybe?'SNL' Star Kate McKinnon's Big, 'Awesome,' Emmy-Nominated Year|Kevin Fallon|August 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The lazy giant was sprawling on the most comfortable of the sofas; the pair were alone in the dainty little drawing-room.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
Sprawling was lazy and wore out sofas, and little boys were not expected to talk.Kipling Stories and Poems Every Child Should Know, Book II|Rudyard Kipling
A few minutes later Romanoff was sprawling in a large easy-chair with his feet close to the fire.The Everlasting Arms|Joseph Hocking
Woot went sailing through the air and fell sprawling upon the rocky floor far beyond the place where the Dragon Tribe was grouped.The Tin Woodman of Oz|L. Frank Baum
Sprawling across the table, his huge head lying upon his hands, she beheld the Chief Factor, mumbling in incoherent phrases.Menotah|Ernest G. Henham
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