• WordNet 3.6
    • adj rural living in or characteristic of farming or country life "rural people","large rural households","unpaved rural roads","an economy that is basically rural"
    • adj rural of or relating to the countryside as opposed to the city "rural electrification","rural free delivery"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Cyclist to rural policeman Cyclist to rural policeman
A rural landscape, with a few houses and farms scattered around A rural landscape, with a few houses and farms scattered around

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In rural areas, there are more insects in 1 square mile than there are humans on earth
    • Rural Of or pertaining to agriculture; as, rural economy.
    • Rural Of or pertaining to the country, as distinguished from a city or town; living in the country; suitable for, or resembling, the country; rustic; as, rural scenes; a rural prospect. "Here is a rural fellow; . . . He brings you figs."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The painting, "American Gothic" depicts the sister and the dentist of artist Grant Wood as rural farm folk.
    • rural Of or pertaining to the country, as distinguished from a city or town; belonging to or characteristic of the country.
    • rural Pertaining to agriculture or farming: as, rural economy.
    • rural Living in the country; rustic.
    • rural Synonyms Rural, Rustic, Pastoral, Bucolic. Rural is always used in a good sense, and is applied chiefly to things: as, rural pleasures; rural scenery. Rustic is used in a good sense, but also has a sense implying a lack of the refinements of the town or city: as, rustic gallantry. Pastoral means belonging to a shepherd or his kind of life; bucolic, belonging to the care of cattle or to that kind of life. Pastoral is always used in a good sense; bucolic is now often used with a shade of contempt.
    • rural [Cowper applies rural to persons as well as things.]
    • n rural A countryman; a rustic.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are more insects in one square mile of rural land than there are human beings on the entire earth.
    • adj Rural rōō′ral of or belonging to the country: suiting the country: rustic: pertaining to agriculture
    • n Rural (obs.) a countryman
    • v.i Rural to become rural: to rusticate
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. L. ruralis, fr. rus, ruris, the country. Cf. Room space, Rustic


In literature:

As it relates to the rural pastor, it means also a knowledge of rural sociology.
"Chapters in Rural Progress" by Kenyon L. Butterfield
What do you mean by a new kind of rural school?
"The Brown Mouse" by Herbert Quick
Everybody, in fact, rose with the birds in that rural community.
"When Life Was Young" by C. A. Stephens
The roads in the rural districts were almost impassable.
"Louis XIV., Makers of History Series" by John S. C. Abbott
His rural love adventures helped him to pass his summer exile.
"The Dead Command" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
Whatever be the causes which have begotten the neglect of rural life, no one will gainsay the wisdom of estimating the consequences.
"The Rural Life Problem of the United States" by Horace Curzon Plunkett
It is also to be seen in the hands of gipsies at rural festivities and fairs.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2" by Various
The early closing has been an unalloyed good in these rural districts.
"The Toilers of the Field" by Richard Jefferies
In every particular the old lady was a typical specimen of the squire's widow, as found in rural England to-day.
"The Seven Secrets" by William Le Queux
The French rural police are duller than the ox, and they locked up Marie as a witness.
"Otherwise Phyllis" by Meredith Nicholson

In poetry:

A gentle maid, a dove-like soul,
An eye that knows no ill;
I met her from her rural walk,
Upon yon grassy hill.
"Susie" by James Avis Bartley
I plunge into the wave;
And though with purest hands I raise
A rural altar to thy praise,
Thou wilt not deign to save.
"Ode to Health, 1730" by William Shenstone
And turning from my onward march
I found it easy of access,
And passing 'neath a rural arch,
I gained a scene of loveliness.
"The Youthful Villager And The Hermit" by James Madison Bell
Beneath its bloom when summer smil'd,
How oft the rural train
The lingering hours with tales beguil'd,
Or danc'd to Colin's strain.
"The Complaint" by Thomas Gent
I'd like to wed and with you dwell,
Within some happy rural valley,
Where zephyrs round the lily's bell,
In summer sigh, and faint, and dally.
"To Lizzie" by James Avis Bartley
'I loved my lover from a child,
And sweet the youthful cherub smiles,
And wanton'd o'er the green;
He train'd my nightingale to sing,
He spoil'd the gardens of the spring
To crown me rural queen.
"Monimia. An Ode" by John Logan

In news:

The evening of Saturday, September 10, will be a night of fun, food, and music for the residents of Dysart, city and rural, and all volunteers that helped to clean up after the July 11 storm that hit the town.
All he knows is that when he returns to Kansas to visit family, he likes to take a drive along rural roads near Manhattan.
Transit plan's rural impact debatable .
Decapitated head found in Edmonton alley belongs to rural homicide victim, police confirm.
NOW the satellite dish, an eyesore on the suburban and rural landscape, can perch on a lawn disguised as a patio umbrella and table.
Rural lobby in Brazil's Congress is demanding more protection for farmers.
Colorado regulators took the initial step Tuesday of deregulating telephone service in the state and eliminating a program that reimburses carriers for providing service in rural areas deemed to be overly expensive to service.
Ongoing legal processes for two rural Louisiana school districts are highlighting state desegregation issues.
What must have been heartbreak for a family decades ago, evidence a young life was lost, wasn't expected by a rural Waverly family remodeling their older farmhouse.
Rural Psychiatry's Appeal Increasing as Urban Opportunities Diminish .
Rural psychiatry is on the threshold of an immense transformation.
A dingo runs at the Dingo Discovery and Research Centre at the Toolern Vale in rural Victoria, some 60 kilometres north-west of Melbourne, where she is breeding dingoes for export to zoos around the world, on May 25, 2009.
Rock and reggae legends and up-and-comers also make the rounds to this oasis in rural Lorain County.
Bill Poole moved to a sparsely populated area near Adamstown to enjoy the peace and quiet of a rural setting.
(AP) — A rural Eveleth youth has been injured in a duck hunting accident in northeastern Minnesota.

In science:

IJCSIS) International Journal of Computer Science and Information Security, Vol. 7, No. 1, 2010 Reaching the unreached A Role of ICT in sustainable Rural development.
Reaching the Unreached A Role of ICT in Sustainable Rural Development
However, the uptake of e-governance in the Rural Development sector has been relatively slow.
Reaching the Unreached A Role of ICT in Sustainable Rural Development
He is having 2 international publications. His interested areas are ICT, Rural development, Bioinformatics.
Reaching the Unreached A Role of ICT in Sustainable Rural Development
Total coverage area Power consumed at the site where P Irural bears the unit of [km2 /Watt], and denotes the network performance indicator in rural areas.
Green Cellular Networks: A Survey, Some Research Issues and Challenges
Thus if both societies (L1 \ X, Ω1 \ X ) and (L2 \ X, Ω2 \ X ) are rural, then G is apex, so we may assume that (L1 \ X, Ω1 \ X ) is not rural and hence by Theorem 2.5 it has a cross.
K_6 minors in 6-connected graphs of bounded tree-width