Recent Examples of urban from the Web
Some 20 trillion gallons of water are pouring onto the urban plain, where developers have paved over the wetlands that would drain the water.
Some of the more urban members of the family had never even been in a canoe.
After fifteen years of development plans tailored to the creative classes, Florida surveys an urban landscape in ruins.
According to Snopes, the urban legend fact-checking service, any version of the story is false.
In 2008 Klayko founded the influential website Broken Sidewalk, an urban design, transportation and development publication that is used as a resource by cities and towns across the country.
Wednesday could have been a celebration of a significant nonprofit’s investment in a historic urban residential area – the biggest construction project in the region since Paul Brown Stadium in 2000.
Conditions in urban areas for Black people were not mirroring the lofty goals of the Civil Rights Acts that Congress had passed in 1964.
But this is the heaviest urban fighting since the second world war.
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The suburbs vs. the urbs
Given that most of the common words in our language beginning sub- tend to have meanings concerned with “beneath” (as in subterranean and submarine) or “less than” (as with subpar), you would be forgiven for assuming that the suburbs were so named because of their location below, or their status as less than, their urban counterparts. Not so, however: sub- may have other meanings at the beginning of a word; in this case, it indicates not depth or inferiority, but proximity. In other words, the suburbs are a region close to the urbs.
Is urbs an English word? Yes; it is rarely used, but it refers typically to a city, particularly when distinguished from a suburb.
Origin and Etymology of urban
First Known Use: circa 1634See Words from the same year
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