What does rural mean?

Definitions for rural
ˈrʊər əlru·ral

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ruraladjective

    living in or characteristic of farming or country life

    "rural people"; "large rural households"; "unpaved rural roads"; "an economy that is basically rural"

  2. ruraladjective

    of or relating to the countryside as opposed to the city

    "rural electrification"; "rural free delivery"

Wiktionary

  1. ruraladjective

    pertaining to less-populated, non-urban areas

  2. Etymology: From rural < ruralis, from rus + -alis.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. RURALadjective

    Country; existing in the country, not in cities; suiting the country; resembling the country.

    Etymology: rural, Fr. ruralis, from rura, Lat.

    Lady, reserved to do pastor company honour,
    Joining your sweet voice to the rural musick of desert. Philip Sidney.

    Here is a rural fellow,
    That will not be deny’d your highness’ presence;
    He brings you figs. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    We turn
    To where the silver Thames first rural grows. James Thomson.

Wikipedia

  1. rural

    In general, a rural area or a countryside is a geographic area that is located outside towns and cities. Typical rural areas have a low population density and small settlements. Agricultural areas and areas with forestry typically are described as rural. Different countries have varying definitions of rural for statistical and administrative purposes. In rural areas, because of their unique economic and social dynamics, and relationship to land-based industry such as agriculture, forestry and resource extraction, the economics are very different from cities and can be subject to boom and bust cycles and vulnerability to extreme weather or natural disasters, such as droughts. These dynamics alongside larger economic forces encouraging to urbanization have led to significant demographic declines, called rural flight, where economic incentives encourage younger populations to go to cities for education and access to jobs, leaving older, less educated and less wealthy populations in the rural areas. Slower economic development results in poorer services like healthcare and education and rural infrastructure. This cycle of poverty in some rural areas, means that three quarters of the global population in poverty live in rural areas according to the Food and Agricultural Organization. Some communities have successfully encouraged economic development in rural areas, with some policies such as giving increased access to electricity or internet, proving very successful on encouraging economic activities in rural areas. Historically development policies have focused on larger extractive industries, such as mining and forestry. However, recent approaches more focused on sustainable development are more aware of economic diversification in these communities.

ChatGPT

  1. rural

    Rural refers to areas that are located outside towns and cities, typically characterized by low population density, small settlements, and large areas of land which are often used for farming or left in a natural or undeveloped state. These areas generally have fewer services, facilities, and infrastructure compared to urban areas.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ruraladjective

    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

  2. Ruraladjective

    of or pertaining to agriculture; as, rural economy

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Rural

    rōō′ral, adj. of or belonging to the country: suiting the country: rustic: pertaining to agriculture.—n. (obs.) a countryman.—ns. Ru′ral-dean, an ecclesiastic under the bishop and archdeacon, with the peculiar care of the clergy of a district; Ru′ral-dean′ery.—v.t. Ru′ralise, to render rural.—v.i. to become rural: to rusticate.—ns. Ru′ralism; Ru′ralist; Rural′ity.—adv. Ru′rally.—n. Ru′ralness.—adj. Ruridec′anal, pertaining to a rural dean or deanery. [Fr.,—L. ruralisrus, ruris, the country.]

Editors Contribution

  1. rural

    Relating to farming or country living.

    They loved rural life and living.


    Submitted by MaryC on March 7, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'rural' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1647

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'rural' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2188

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'rural' in Adjectives Frequency: #206

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of rural in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of rural in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of rural in a Sentence

  1. Fox News/Charles Creitz:

    This is what's bringing people together in suburban areas and metropolitans and in rural areas. This is part of the call of what we're finding through the grass roots that people respect other people's rights and the Republican Party continues to respect the parents' rights….

  2. Adu Ayeni:

    Peter Obi’s performance in Lagos is unlikely to translate across the country, looking at his performance in the other south west states, the Lagos win reinforces the view that the Obidient movement is still somewhat concentrated among a higher economic class.. Elections in Nigeria are still won in rural areas and the data so far suggests that … Peter Obi still faces an uphill task to secure the required votes in critical states.

  3. Judith James:

    We never dreamed we could have a PCR test that could be done anywhere but a lab, now we can do them at a patient's bedside in rural Oklahoma. That could help us with rapid testing for other diseases.

  4. Ken Martin:

    If Trump think he's going to flip Minnesota just by dealing with folks in greater Minnesota, which is the rural parts of the state, he's obviously not a math wizard, he needs to understand where the votes come from in the state, and where those votes come from, he's not very popular.

  5. Klamath Irrigation District:

    This just couldn’t be worse, the impacts to our family farms and these rural communities will be off the scale.

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