Sprawl

Definition of Sprawl

Pronunciation: sprạl
v. i.1.To spread and stretch the body or limbs carelessly in a horizontal position; to lie with the limbs stretched out ungracefully.
[imp. & p. p. Sprawled (sprạld); p. pr. & vb. n. Sprawling.]
2.To spread irregularly, as vines, plants, or trees; to spread ungracefully, as chirography.
3.To move, when lying down, with awkward extension and motions of the limbs; to scramble in creeping.
The birds were not fledged; but upon sprawling and struggling to get clear of the flame, down they tumbled.
- L'Estrange.
n.1.The position or state resulting from sprawling; as, he sat on the couch in a sprawl; uncontrolled urban sprawl.

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