sprawl

sprawl
I [sprɔːl]
nome (of suburbs, buildings) espansione f. incontrollata

the sprawl of Paris — l'agglomerato urbano di Parigi

II [sprɔːl]
verbo intransitivo [person] (casually) stravaccarsi, spaparanzarsi; (exhaustedly) crollare; [town] espandersi in modo incontrollato; [forest] estendersi

he lay sprawled across the sofa — era stravaccato sul divano

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[spro:l] 1. verb
1) (to sit, lie or fall with the arms and legs spread out widely and carelessly: Several tired-looking people were sprawling in armchairs.) abbandonarsi
2) ((of a town etc) to spread out in an untidy and irregular way.) (crescere disordinatamente)
2. noun
1) (an act of sprawling: He was lying in a careless sprawl on the sofa.) (atteggiamento scomposto)
2) (an untidy and irregular area (of houses etc): She lost her way in the grimy sprawl of the big city.) (superficie irregolare)
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[sprɔːl]
1. vi
(person: sit, lie) stravaccarsi, (fall) cadere scompostamente, (town) estendersi in modo incontrollato, (plant) crescere disordinatamente

her handwriting sprawled all over the page — la sua scrittura copriva tutta la pagina

he sprawled on the sofa, smoking — si stravaccò sul divano fumando

to send sb sprawling — mandare qn a gambe all'aria

2. n

urban sprawl — sviluppo urbanistico incontrollato, espansione urbana tentacolare

a sprawl of buildings lay below them — un gruppo di edifici si estendeva disordinatamente dinanzi ai loro occhi

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sprawl /sprɔ:l/
n. [uc]
1 atteggiamento scomposto
2 movimento scomposto
3 massa disordinata; gruppo (o sviluppo) irregolare (o incontrollato): urban sprawl, sviluppo incontrollato delle città.
(to) sprawl /sprɔ:l/
A v. i.
1 abbandonarsi; sedere (o sdraiarsi) in modo scomposto; stravaccarsi (fam.)
2 (di città, ecc.) crescere (o estendersi) disordinatamente: New suburbs sprawled in all directions, nuovi sobborghi si estendevano disordinatamente in ogni direzione
3 (di scrittura) essere grande e irregolare
B v. t.
1 distendere, allungare (le braccia, le gambe) in modo scomposto
2 buttare giù (una firma, ecc.); scarabocchiare
3 (mil.) spiegare (truppe) a ventaglio; disporre (soldati) in ordine sparso
to be sprawled out, essere stravaccato (fam.) □ to send sb. sprawling, mandar q. a gambe levate.
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I [sprɔːl]
nome (of suburbs, buildings) espansione f. incontrollata

the sprawl of Paris — l'agglomerato urbano di Parigi

II [sprɔːl]
verbo intransitivo [person] (casually) stravaccarsi, spaparanzarsi; (exhaustedly) crollare; [town] espandersi in modo incontrollato; [forest] estendersi

he lay sprawled across the sofa — era stravaccato sul divano


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