urban sprawl


urban sprawl
.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. 2013.

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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 — 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 — noun Date: 1956 the spreading of urban developments (as houses and shopping centers) on undeveloped land near a city …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 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