sprawl

Definitions

  • Si Went Sprawling 137
    Si Went Sprawling 137
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v sprawl sit or lie with one's limbs spread out
    • v sprawl go, come, or spread in a rambling or irregular way "Branches straggling out quite far"
    • n sprawl an ungainly posture with arms and legs spread about
    • n sprawl an aggregation or continuous network of urban communities
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Sprawl To move, when lying down, with awkward extension and motions of the limbs; to scramble in creeping. "The birds were not fledged; but upon sprawling and struggling to get clear of the flame, down they tumbled."
    • Sprawl To spread and stretch the body or limbs carelessly in a horizontal position; to lie with the limbs stretched out ungracefully.
    • Sprawl To spread irregularly, as vines, plants, or trees; to spread ungracefully, as chirography.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • sprawl To toss the limbs about; work the arms and legs convulsively; in general, to struggle convulsively.
    • sprawl To work one's way awkwardly along with the aid. of all the limbs; crawl or scramble.
    • sprawl To be spread out in an ungraceful posture; be stretched out carelessly and awkwardly.
    • sprawl To have an irregular, spreading form or outline; straggle: said of handwriting, vines, etc.
    • sprawl To widen or open irregularly, as a body of cavalry.
    • sprawl To spread out ungracefully.
    • n sprawl The act of sprawling.
    • n sprawl A sprawling posture; an awkward recumbent attitude: as, to be stretched out in a careless sprawl.
    • n sprawl Motion; activity.
    • n sprawl A small twig or branch of a tree; a spray.
    • n sprawl Ability to spread one's self or to make a show or ‘splurge’; ‘go.’
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Sprawl sprawl to toss or kick about the limbs: to stretch the body carelessly when lying: to spread ungracefully
    • n Sprawl a sprawling posture
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. spraulen,; cf. Sw. sprattla, to sprawl, dial. Sw. spralla, Dan. sprælle, sprælde, D. spartelen, spertelen, to flounder, to struggle

Usage

In literature:

Fluff lay sprawled contentedly in the sunshine while her mate worked on the den.
"The Yellow Horde" by Hal G. Evarts
I made one final effort and fell sprawling at Vitalis' feet.
"Nobody's Boy" by Hector Malot
The men, some twenty in number, sprawled on the ground or sat on boxes.
"The Adventures of Bobby Orde" by Stewart Edward White
Tam lay on the straw, his head far out, his neck unnaturally long, his limbs sprawling, rigid.
"The House with the Green Shutters" by George Douglas Brown
When the Pawnee sprawled, with his feet kicking the air, Jack forgot where he was and laughed with delight.
"Footprints in the Forest" by Edward Sylvester Ellis
I caught him by the shoulders, heaved backward, sent him sprawling across the young grass.
"Valley of the Croen" by Lee Tarbell
His books sprawled just where he had thrown them, at different angles along the floor.
"Five Little Peppers at School" by Margaret Sidney
Another sprawled on the hillside, arms and legs outflung.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
Under a million stars, Death sprawled in squalor among the trampled weeds.
"The Flaming Jewel" by Robert W. Chambers
It is dangerous to humor too carelessly these sprawling Mallares.
"Fantazius Mallare" by Ben Hecht
There was the big sign sprawling all over it.
"Roy Blakeley's Camp on Wheels" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
Anderson backed away from the sprawling, motionless figure on the floor.
"Anderson Crow, Detective" by George Barr McCutcheon
They both went down before him like calves, and rolled over and over, stunned and sprawling.
"Kings in Exile" by Sir Charles George Douglas Roberts
He staggered backward, sprawled.
"Peter the Brazen" by George F. Worts
This time he knocked over little Chip Macklin, sending him sprawling.
"Dave Porter in the Far North" by Edward Stratemeyer
But others, unable to recover themselves in time, fell sprawling forward.
"In the Morning of Time" by Charles G. D. Roberts
A rod away lay Danton, a sprawling heap in his blanket.
"The Road to Frontenac" by Samuel Merwin
The young officer was slumped limply down against a wall, his legs sprawled and body twisted unnaturally.
"Hawk Carse" by Anthony Gilmore
An instant later, his lips split, he sprawled dazedly on his platform, perilously close to the edge.
"The Pathless Trail" by Arthur O. (Arthur Olney) Friel
It took him a long time to approach the sprawled figure, but he wasn't taking chances.
"Astounding Stories, April, 1931" by Various
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In poetry:

What about it after all?--
If you fall you rise again,
And at least you never sprawl
At the call of other men.
"Grange House Lodge" by Thomas MacDonagh
PURPLE o'er the tree tops
Wild grapes sprawl;
In the golden silence
Few birds call;
Heavy laden Summer
Ripens toward the Fall.
"End Of Summer" by John Gneisenau Neihardt

Where its shade was, the oak itself now sprawls,
lifeless, no longer vying with the wind.
The people say: I see now—it was tall!
"The Fallen Oak" by Giovanni Pascoli
So, gasping with joy, with cries of wonderment
Like two gods of mud
Sprawling in the dirt, but with infinite care
They bring each other to perfection.
"Bride and Groom Lie Hidden for Three Days" by Ted Hughes
'Tis bad to see a judge disguis'd with beer,
Or find a justice sprawling in the street —
'Tis bad, to see a reeling, stamm'ring peer —
But 'tis far worse, a drunken priest to meet.
"Advice To The Drunkard" by Rees Prichard
I learned not to fear infinity,
The far field, the windy cliffs of forever,
The dying of time in the white light of tomorrow,
The wheel turning away from itself,
The sprawl of the wave,
The on-coming water.
"The Far Field" by Theodore Roethke

In news:

Bay area sprawls along without a center.
Whether you live in a studio apartment or a sprawling mansion, the rejuvenating feeling of spring stems from more than just the warm air outdoors.
Director Matt McKenzie fails to master the sprawl in "Sweet Thursday," a world premiere adaptation of John Steinbeck 's 1954 novel, now at Pacific Resident Theatre.
Who needs two sprawling New York apartments.
A sprawling menu does not always inspire confidence.
WIXOM (AP) — Ford Motor Co. Is tearing down about a quarter of its sprawling former assembly plant in Wixom.
If Mitt Romney were to make a last-minute move to expand his electoral map, Ground Zero for that effort likely would be here amid the suburban sprawl of Montgomery County, outside of Philadelphia.
Forsyth County, Ga. Atlanta is incredibly sprawled out, both in business and in population.
Tocqueville Among the Sprawl.
Now she takes on Fashion Week, homework crises and a sprawling empire with an unfaltering smile.
The dozen owners of weird, wild and wacky Volkswagen bugs that are part of the sprawling VW Classic in Irvine this weekend probably wouldn't be there if not for Adolf Hitler.
A sprawling complex in downtown Fort Wayne that once hummed with the noise of thousands of busy General Electric workers is facing an uncertain future.
Can urban sprawl be blamed for the rise of bankrupt cities in Southern California.
Readers sound off on urban sprawl plan, opening of Democratic party offices and witnessing for Christ.
After reading the article in Wednesday's Tribune-Herald on a long-term sprawl plan for Waco, I would like to make four comments.
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In science:

This would create a highly segregated, sprawl like system that would cause a tough social consequence, .
Comparative Study of Cities as Complex Networks
The sprawl like developments consisting of a number of blind passes branching off a main route are changed to the star subgraphs having a hub and a number of client nodes, Fig. 1(2).
Comparative Study of Cities as Complex Networks
The sprawl like developments consisting of a number of blind passes branching off a main route are changed to the star subgraphs having a hub and a number of client nodes, Fig. 1(2).
Sestieri of Venice
Many of the concepts that are crucial in urban planning, such as accessibility and density used in measuring urban sprawl find natural definitions in the interplay between these primary and dual representations of urban systems .
Random planar graphs and the London street network
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