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1sprawl

verb \ˈsprl\

: to lie or sit with your arms and legs spread wide apart

: to spread or develop in an uneven or uncontrolled way

Full Definition of SPRAWL

intransitive verb
1
a archaic :  to lie thrashing or tossing about
b :  to creep or clamber awkwardly
2
:  to lie or sit with arms and legs spread out
3
:  to spread or develop irregularly or without restraint <bushes sprawling along the road> <sprawling suburbs> <a sprawling narrative>
transitive verb
:  to cause to spread out carelessly or awkwardly <sprawled out her books on the table>

Examples of SPRAWL

  1. The kids sprawled on the floor to watch TV.
  2. She tripped and went sprawling into the table.
  3. The city sprawls along the coastline.
  4. The bushes were sprawling along the road.

Origin of SPRAWL

Middle English, from Old English sprēawlian
First Known Use: before 12th century

2sprawl

noun

: a group of things (such as buildings) that cover an area in an uneven and ugly way

Full Definition of SPRAWL

1
:  the act, posture, or condition of sprawling
2
:  an irregularly spread or scattered group or mass

First Known Use of SPRAWL

1598
SPRAWL Defined for Kids

1sprawl

verb \ˈsprl\
sprawledsprawl·ing

Definition of SPRAWL for Kids

1
:  to lie or sit with arms and legs spread out
2
:  to spread out unevenly <The city of Madison sprawls between two lakes … — Sharon Creech, Walk Two Moons>

2sprawl

noun

Definition of SPRAWL for Kids

:  the act or posture of spreading out

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