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sprawl

a. the urban area formed by the expansion of a town or city into surrounding countryside
b. the process by which this has happened

urban sprawl

An unplanned development of open land, usually on the outskirts of a city.
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Involuntarily I glanced backward to discover the origin of this new and menacing note with the result that I missed my footing and went sprawling once more upon my face in the deep muck.
Passepartout, however, thinking no harm, went in like a simple tourist, and was soon lost in admiration of the splendid Brahmin ornamentation which everywhere met his eyes, when of a sudden he found himself sprawling on the sacred flagging.
Yet it passed me, gripped Montgomery, and holding him, fell headlong beside him and pulled him sprawling upon itself in its death-agony.
For example, if a city's population increased by five per cent over a decade, while the land area accommodating that population increased by 10 per cent, the city is said to be sprawling.
In 2002, Smart Growth America released Measuring Sprawl and Its Impact, a landmark study that has been widely used by researchers to examine the costs and benefits of sprawling development.
The effects of the urban form of sprawling developments on urban travel attitudes have been discussed for the last two decades.
cities, a new study indicates that sprawling cities experience more than double the rate of extreme heat events in the summer compared with more compact urban areas [EHP 118(10):1425-1428; Stone et al.
It was the sprawling ambitions of local politicians who created the city we see today, who relentlessly pursued amalgamation and transit expansion into the farmlands against any economic or municipal management logic.
He previously lived in Atlanta, where the city's sprawling layout thwarted his desire to be physically active as he went about his daily business.
The EEA says sprawling cities need more energy supply systems, more road networks and a lot of land.
As 80% of them changed residence, the researchers were able to check whether people gained weight after they moved to a more sprawling community.