sprawls


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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.
References in classic literature ?
But its roomy staircases, passages, and antechambers still remain; and even its painted ceilings, where Allegory, in Roman helmet and celestial linen, sprawls among balustrades and pillars, flowers, clouds, and big-legged boys, and makes the head ache--as would seem to be Allegory's object always, more or less.
Those banks of beautiful ladies, shining in their barbaric splendors, would see a knight sprawl from his horse in the lists with a lance- shaft the thickness of your ankle clean through him and the blood spouting, and instead of fainting they would clap their hands and crowd each other for a better view; only sometimes one would dive into her handkerchief, and look ostentatiously broken-hearted, and then you could lay two to one that there was a scandal there somewhere and she was afraid the public hadn't found it out.
Not long after he had learned to sprawl, Jerry had learned that.
It was restful and satisfying to sprawl upon his rough pate and pour one's vague hopes and aspirations into the great ears which flapped ponderously to and fro in apparent understanding.
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.