sprawling


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sprawl

 (sprôl)
v. sprawled, sprawl·ing, sprawls
v.intr.
1. To sit or lie with the body and limbs spread out awkwardly.
2. To spread out in a straggling or disordered fashion: untidy tenements sprawling toward the river.
v.tr.
To cause to spread out in a straggling or disordered fashion.
n.
1. A sprawling position or posture.
2. A usually disorderly or haphazard mass, array, or extension: a sprawl of outbuildings; urban sprawl.

[Middle English sprawlen, from Old English sprēawlian, to writhe; see sper- in Indo-European roots.]

sprawl′er n.

sprawling

(ˈsprɔːlɪŋ)
adj
1. sitting or lying in an ungainly manner with one's limbs spread out
2. spreading out in a straggling fashion
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sprawling - an ungainly posture with arms and legs spread aboutsprawling - an ungainly posture with arms and legs spread about
posture, attitude, position - the arrangement of the body and its limbs; "he assumed an attitude of surrender"
Adj.1.sprawling - spreading out in different directions; "sprawling handwriting"; "straggling branches"; "straggly hair"
untidy - not neat and tidy; "careless and untidy in her personal habits"; "an untidy living room"; "untidy and casual about money"
Translations
إنْتِشار الضَّواحي بِغَيْر تَنْظيم
rozlezlý
vildtvoksende
kuszán elterülõ
dreifîur
rozrastený
gelişigüzel yayılmış

sprawling

[ˈsprɔːlɪŋ] ADJ [person] → tumbado; [city, town] → en crecimiento rápido; [handwriting] → desgarbado

sprawling

adj
city, suburbswild wuchernd; housegroßflächig; groundsausgedehnt; figurehingeflegelt; bodyausgestreckt; handwritingriesig
novelausufernd

sprawling

[ˈsprɔːlɪŋ] adj (person) → sdraiato/a; (in armchair) → stravaccato/a; (handwriting) → disordinato/a; (city) → tentacolare

sprawl

(sproːl) verb
1. to sit, lie or fall with the arms and legs spread out widely and carelessly. Several tired-looking people were sprawling in armchairs.
2. (of a town etc) to spread out in an untidy and irregular way.
noun
1. an act of sprawling. He was lying in a careless sprawl on the sofa.
2. an untidy and irregular area (of houses etc). She lost her way in the grimy sprawl of the big city.
ˈsprawling adjective
the huge, sprawling city of Los Angeles.
References in classic literature ?
As an instance, this very morning Biddy, remembering a secret mauling at the hands of Lerumie, laid teeth into his naked calf and threw him sprawling into the water, trade-box, earthly possessions and all, and then laughed at him, sure in the protection of Mister Haggin who grinned at the episode.
With its huge ungainly limbs sprawling unsymmetrically, and its gnarled hands and fingers, it stood an aged, stern, and scornful monster among the smiling birch trees.
As he glanced at the tender and the rails, under the influence of the conversation with a friend he had not met since his misfortune, he suddenly recalled HER--that is, what was left of her when he had run like one distraught into the cloak room of the railway station--on the table, shamelessly sprawling out among strangers, the bloodstained body so lately full of life; the head unhurt dropping back with its weight of hair, and the curling tresses about the temples, and the exquisite face, with red, half-opened mouth, the strange, fixed expression, piteous on the lips and awful in the still open eyes, that seemed to utter that fearful phrase--that he would be sorry for it--that she had said when they were quarreling.
He was sprawling along between some bushes, when he heard a sharp intimidating cry.
He did not see me and I gave him a box on the ears that laid him sprawling on the floor.
The captain in his armchair, holding on grimly at the head of the table, with the soup-tureen rolling on one side of the cabin and the steward sprawling on the other, would observe, looking at me: "That's your one-third above the beams.
The battle, which was of the kind that for distinction's sake is called royal, now raged with the utmost violence during a few minutes; till Blifil being a second time laid sprawling by Jones, Thwackum condescended to apply for quarter to his new antagonist, who was now found to be Mr Western himself; for in the heat of the action none of the combatants had recognized him.
The way seemed interminable, and the streets like the black web of some sprawling spider.
He had almost reached the lowest branch of the tree from which the creeper depended when the thing parted beneath his weight and he fell sprawling at my feet.
In a bound, I was on my feet, and easily sent him sprawling to the floor.
He carried his exploits to her immediate vicinity; came war-whooping around, snatched a boy's cap, hurled it to the roof of the schoolhouse, broke through a group of boys, tumbling them in every direction, and fell sprawling, himself, under Becky's nose, almost upsetting her -- and she turned, with her nose in the air, and he heard her say: "Mf
JOHN VAREY NICHOLSON was stupid; yet, stupider men than he are now sprawling in Parliament, and lauding themselves as the authors of their own distinction.