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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.
A research conducted by the University of Texas shows that life expectancy, economic mobility, transportation choices and personal health and safety all improve in less sprawling areas.
In particular, many SQL Server users have become accustomed to dealing with what's not-so-affectionately termed "SQL Server sprawl." It's a lot like it sounds--a sprawling environment that results in the enterprise on the heels of explosive and uncoordinated growth of SQL Servers.
If the entropy value crosses this threshold (0.5), the city is considered sprawling (Bhatta et al.
These results of study area demonstrated the sprawling condition of the city and it illustrated that city was expanding with the passage of time and mostly this expansion was observed along the major roads of the city.
Thus, we can confidently say that the urban expansion in Tripoli is sprawling. Moreover, the sprawling trend is increasing.
In this analysis, researchers used 20 years of data to ask the question: Are Canadian cities sprawling?
Stuck for hours each day in snarling traffic, bus conductors in Thailand's sprawling capital have found a radical solution to a lack of toilet breaks--adult nappies.
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.