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Synonyms for sprawling

an ungainly posture with arms and legs spread about


spreading out in different directions

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This report includes a list of the most compact and most sprawling metro areas in the country.
2) In case the mid-sized cities of Iran are sprawling, who is concerned?
However, data analysis indicated that between 1992 and 2001 the deforestation rate in the most sprawling areas was more than double that of the most compact cities.
By international standards, Toronto is not a particularly sprawling urban region but substantially more compact in form than the typical North American metropolis.
Residents of sprawling cities and counties tended to weigh more, walk less, and have higher blood pressure than did people living in compact communities, concluded urban planner Reid Ewing and his colleagues at the University of Maryland at College Park's National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education.
According to the researchers, people living in sprawling neighbourhoods are heavier because those individuals who are more at risk for obesity, tend to live in such places.
These pressures have been--and continue to be--particularly intense along New Hampshire's seacoast, where sprawling development is one of the greatest threats to the critically important and highly sensitive Great Bay estuary.
Over the past 60 years, millions of Americans have forsaken compact urban neighborhoods for sprawling acreage outside town.
The sprawling lake with its even more sprawling name (we're only going to say it once)--Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg--is not for the tongue-tied.
So, once a month, coaches and athletes gathered at the sprawling ranch of Bela Karolyi in Houston.
Lucy found that Americans' migration into sprawling outer suburbs is actually a huge cause of premature death.
Smart Growth found that in sprawling places, people drive more, breathe more polluted air, face a greater risk of traffic fatalities, own more cars, and walk and use transit less.
Those in sprawling areas tended to drive more (a likely factor in the rate of fatal accidents), walk less, and inhale more pollution.
The rapid spread of sprawling suburbs in the United States is substantially limiting the amount of water that can filter into the soil to recharge aquifers and provide underground flows to rivers and lakes, according to a new report by American Rivers, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and Smart Growth America.
Following the authors, high rank means less sprawling and low rank means more.