urban sprawl
noun Date: 1956 the spreading of urban developments (as houses and shopping centers) on undeveloped land near a city

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  • Urban sprawl — Urban sprawl, also known as suburban sprawl, is the spreading of a city and its suburbs over rural land at the fringe of an urban area. [http://www.sprawlcity.org/hbis/wis.html What is Sprawl?] . SprawlCity.org . Retrieved on 2008 02 07.]… …   Wikipedia

  • urban sprawl — n [U] the spread of city buildings and houses into an area that used to be countryside, or the area in which this has happened ▪ planning policies designed to limit the growth of urban sprawl …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • urban sprawl — noun uncount a very large area of buildings, industries, etc. that has spread from a city into the countryside surrounding it, especially in a way that is not attractive: We drove through several miles of urban sprawl …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • urban sprawl — ☆ urban sprawl n. the spread of urban congestion into adjoining suburbs and rural areas …   English World dictionary

  • urban sprawl — noun an aggregation or continuous network of urban communities • Syn: ↑conurbation, ↑sprawl • Hypernyms: ↑urban area, ↑populated area • Hyponyms: ↑subtopia …   Useful english dictionary

  • urban sprawl — /ɜbən ˈsprɔl/ (say erbuhn sprawl) noun the outer areas of a city, especially where development is considered to have been unplanned and undesirable: *Nor do they want to see more urban sprawl eating up the farmland and the scenic land on Sydney s …   Australian English dictionary

  • urban sprawl — UK / US noun [uncountable] a very large area of buildings, industries etc that has spread from a city into the countryside surrounding it, especially in a way that is not attractive We drove through several miles of urban sprawl …   English dictionary

  • urban sprawl — ur′ban sprawl′ n. soc the uncontrolled spread of urban development into neighboring regions • Etymology: 1955–60 …   From formal English to slang

  • urban sprawl — the uncontrolled spread of urban development into neighboring regions. [1955 60] * * * …   Universalium

  • urban sprawl —   the unchecked spread in the land area occupied by an urban area when development is low rise and it is felt that space efficiency is not an issue …   Geography glossary

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