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v. sprawled, sprawl·ing, sprawls
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.
To cause to spread out in a straggling or disordered fashion.
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.
References in classic literature ?
Not long after he had learned to sprawl, Jerry had learned that.
As it was, I would sprawl out in the shade on my one day of rest and dally with the Sunday papers.
However, these recorded urban sprawls are different and influenced by sprawl direction and distance from CBD.
2 : to spread out unevenly <The city of Madison sprawls between two lakes .
The just-developed Rosedale sprawls treeless across hill and valley, with huge, bare streets lined by absurd monster homes.
And this is just the bare bones of this bare-bones version of the saga, which sprawls and sprawls with more twists and turns than the entire 40-year run of ``General Hospital,'' whose artistic sensibility seems to be the inspiration for this kettle drum of kitsch.
Sometimes I seek the crannies of the globe, other times the pulse and flicker of the world's network as it surrounds and sprawls across my body.
He analyzes the history of urban sprawl in Toronto as an example of what happened in many other cities.
As land urbanization outpaces population growth, less dense development will result in sprawl.
But recent research shows that even declining cities can grow, through the "magic" of suburban sprawl.
The secondary purpose of the article is to use the conceptual model to explain some empirical results researchers have found regarding the relationship between the political institutional environment of a given locality and the prevalence of sprawl.
But take a close look at what sprawl really is all about and what this budget proposal--and the political tide on which it is riding--really mean.