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Definition of SPRAWL

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sprawl \sprawl\ (spr[add]l), n.
     The position or state resulting from sprawling; as, he sat on the couch in a sprawl; uncontrolled urban sprawl. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Sprawl \Sprawl\ (spr[add]l), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Sprawled} (spr[add]ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Sprawling}.] [OE. spraulen; cf. Sw. sprattla to sprawl, dial. Sw. spralla, Dan. spraelle, spraelde, D. spartelen, spertelen, to flounder, to struggle.]
     1. To spread and stretch the body or limbs carelessly in a horizontal position; to lie with the limbs stretched out ungracefully. [1913 Webster]

     2. To spread irregularly, as vines, plants, or trees; to spread ungracefully, as chirography. [1913 Webster]

     3. To move, when lying down, with awkward extension and motions of the limbs; to scramble in creeping. [1913 Webster]

              The birds were not fledged; but upon sprawling and struggling to get clear of the flame, down they tumbled.                              --L'Estrange. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

120 Moby Thesaurus words for "sprawl":
     accubation, accumbency, be lengthy, be prolonged, bed, bed down, belong, branch, branch out, capsize, careen, come a cropper, couch, crane, crawl, cropper, culbute, curl up, decumbency, deploy, disperse, dive, drape, expand, expansion, extend, extend out, extension, fall, fall down, fall flat, fall headlong, fall over, fall prostrate, fan, fan out, flare, flop, flounder, forced landing, get a cropper, go to bed, go to rest, grovel, header, lay, lie, lie around, lie down, lie flat, lie limply, lie prone, lie prostrate, list, loll, lounge, lounging, lurch, lying, meander, open, open up, outreach, outspread, outstretch, overgrow, overrun, pitch, plunge, pratfall, proneness, prostration, ramble, ramify, reach out, reclination, recline, reclining, recumbency, repose, rest, scramble, settle to rest, slouch, slump, snug down, spill, splay, spraddle, sprangle, spread, spread like wildfire, spread out, spread-eagle, stagger, stand on tiptoes, straddle, straggle, stretch, stretch out, stumble, supineness, take a fall, take a flop, take a header, take a pratfall, take a spill, take it easy, take life easy, tilt, topple, topple down, topple over, totter, trip, tumble, turn turtle, unfold, wander, widen

Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]

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