What does sprawl mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. conurbation, urban sprawl, sprawl(noun)

    an aggregation or continuous network of urban communities

  2. sprawl, sprawling(verb)

    an ungainly posture with arms and legs spread about

  3. sprawl(verb)

    sit or lie with one's limbs spread out

  4. sprawl, straggle(verb)

    go, come, or spread in a rambling or irregular way

    "Branches straggling out quite far"


  1. sprawl(n.)

    The position or state resulting from sprawling; as, he sat on the couch in a sprawl; uncontrolled urban sprawl.


  1. sprawl(Noun)

    An ungainly sprawling posture.

  2. sprawl(Noun)

    A straggling, haphazard growth, especially of housing on the edge of a city.

  3. sprawl(Verb)

    To sit with the limbs spread out.

  4. sprawl(Verb)

    To spread out in a disorderly fashion; to straggle.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sprawl(verb)

    to spread and stretch the body or limbs carelessly in a horizontal position; to lie with the limbs stretched out ungracefully

  2. Sprawl(verb)

    to spread irregularly, as vines, plants, or tress; to spread ungracefully, as chirography

  3. Sprawl(verb)

    to move, when lying down, with awkward extension and motions of the limbs; to scramble in creeping

  4. Origin: [OE. spraulen; cf. Sw. sprattla to sprawl, dial. Sw. spralla, Dan. spraelle, spraelde, D. spartelen, spertelen, to flounder, to struggle.]


  1. Sprawl

    A sprawl is a martial arts and wrestling term for a defensive technique that is done in response to certain takedown attempts, typically double or single leg takedown attempts. The sprawl is performed by scooting the legs backwards, so as to land on the upper back of the opponent attempting the takedown. The resultant position is also known as a sprawl or sprawling position. Ideally, the sprawling athlete should arch his back as much as possible and keep his knees off the mat. His options here including attempting to gain leverage on the lower back by hooking underneath the elbows; throwing in a headlock; and grabbing his opponent's ankles and trying to get behind his opponent. In mixed martial arts, sprawling is an important aspect of the sprawl-and-brawl tactic. Although the sprawl is favored among numerous wrestlers and mixed martial arts fighters, some practitioners prefer to use the technique called the 'down block'.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sprawl

    sprawl, v.i. to toss or kick about the limbs: to stretch the body carelessly when lying: to spread ungracefully.—n. a sprawling posture.—n. Sprawl′er. [There is an A.S. spréawlian, to move convulsively; but the word is most probably for sprattle or sprottle—Sw. sprattla, to sprawl; cf. Dan. sprælle, to toss about the limbs.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sprawl in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sprawl in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of sprawl in a Sentence

  1. Jim Ambrose:

    It's hard for people to wrap their head around what exactly is going on. It gets everywhere -- it's nothing but sprawl. It's not limited to the bedroom.

  2. Stefaan Poortman:

    Sites all over the world are under threat at any given moment. Apart from the monuments and ancient cities in the Middle East, I would say historic districts of major cities in Asia face the highest threat due to the unchecked sprawl and development, tourism is not regulated well enough and the massive influx is putting a strain on sites all over the world. The most well-known sites like Angkor or Machu Picchu are really swamped with tourism. Not only does it affect the sites but at a certain point, if unchecked, tourism can negatively impact the quality of life for local communities as well.

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  • ausspreizen, grätschenGerman
  • desparramoSpanish
  • leviäminen, levitä, retkotus, retkottaa, rehottaaFinnish
  • s'affaler, s'étaler, s'étendreFrench
  • stravaccarsiItalian
  • pukoniMāori
  • sprawlDutch
  • разрастание, растянуться, развалиться, простираться, разъезжаться, простереться, разъехаться, растягиваться, раскидываться, раскинутьсяRussian
  • yayılmaTurkish
  • 蔓生Chinese

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