semi·​rur·​al | \ ˌse-mē-ˈru̇r-əl How to pronounce semirural (audio) , ˌse-ˌmī-, -mi-, -ˈrər-\

Definition of semirural

: somewhat rural

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His father disappeared before he was born and his mother deposited him with her parents on a semirural New Jersey farm. Holland Cotter, New York Times, "He Made Them Glow: A Maverick’s Portraits Live On," 8 Feb. 2018 On the eastern edge of Bushwick, the train burst out of the ground, into daylight, and lumbered down a stretch that looked semirural, with cemeteries on the left. William Finnegan, The New Yorker, "Can Andy Byford Save the Subways?," 2 July 2018 Every year, members of the Board of Supervisors in this semirural township square off with the best team from the 1,000-member James Kinney Senior Center, which currently boasts a bocce league of 108 players. Vinny Vella,, "In Bucks County, a decade-old bocce rivalry between officials, seniors 'brings people together'," 20 June 2018 The story takes place one summer in a working-class, semirural Baltimore suburb, and Porterfield introduces his young, directionless characters with documentary-style Q&As that are disarming in their candor and authenticity. Patrick Friel, Chicago Reader, "Chicagoans / Comedy / Film / LGBTQ+ / Music / On Video Chicago Underground Film Festival at 25: A look back," 4 June 2018 The semirural character of the town, accentuated by the surrounding rugged terrain, made Chatsworth a popular filming location for westerns. Scott Garner,, "Neighborhood Spotlight: Chatsworth keeps one foot in the Old West," 25 May 2018 In 1961, the neighborhood incorporated in order to stave off annexation by Los Angeles and preserve its semirural character. Scott Garner,, "Neighborhood Spotlight: Hidden Hills offers gated seclusion A-listers seek," 4 May 2018 Although local concerns at the time focused on the potential effect of traffic as the primary threat to the semirural character of the area, there was a bigger danger lurking beneath the surface of the scenic foothills. Scott Garner,, "Neighborhood Spotlight: Porter Ranch a scenic Valley community under a lingering cloud of unease," 27 Apr. 2018 Management areas are often located in rural or semirural parts of the state and are periodically visited by DEP employees and local law enforcement, but not generally staffed, gated — or even equipped with trash receptacles. Kevin Riordan,, "A cache of syringes befoul a favorite South Jersey fishing spot," 20 Apr. 2018

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1835, in the meaning defined above

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