Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A predominantly urban region including adjacent towns and suburbs; a metropolitan area.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a continuous aggregation of built-up urban communities created as a result of urban sprawl

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an aggregation or continuous network of urban communities

Etymologies

con- + Latin urbs, city + -ation.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Coined by Sir Patrick Geddes in 1915. From Latin con- ("together") + urbs ("city") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The conurbation is also the entrance to Wales, as it exists directly on the brink.

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  • I regret that your post regarding retiring in Yucatan got diverted into some banal semi-intellectual discourse among cloistered word-monks of how sophisticated people refer to the anarchistic megalopolis commonly referred to about the world as Mexico City which, of course, has nothing to do with anything and much less your inquiry regarding the Yucatan Peninsula which is as removed from the Mexico City conurbation as Oughagadougou is from Beijing.

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  • We took your advice and went out to Downtown Puteax, a part of te Paris conurbation at La Defense and bought some artisanally cured ham, a bagette of extraordinary quality, some fresh and sweet cherry tomatoes, some incredible cheese, mayonaisse made with extra virgin olive oil and that will see us through the day with a bit of red wine and an eclair.

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  • This, of course, enlarges the economic scope of an urban conurbation.

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  • A decade ago, Fethiye was a charming, bustling Turkish town; now, it's the centre of an English conurbation.

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  • This biomorphic conurbation, now in detail design for 2011 construction (economy permitting), predates more conspicuously publicized schemes.

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  • There were originally 70+ but they had to exclude data from Fallujah (how did Fallujah come to be chosen as a cluster anyway?) because the extrapolation from it would have concluded that 200,000 people died in that town - a conurbation with a pre-war population of approx.

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  • I think we need to go back to the sensible UN partition agreement which allocated Jerusalem (not the larger conurbation that now exists) to an international zone - recognising its unique position.

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  • It's now a Third World conurbation and your caption Londonistan is a deadly serious and suitable description.

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  • Here is a man, by all outward signs, affluent, white, worldly, healthy, and sociable who lives in a cosmopolitan conurbation and maintains a worldview that is at odds with the reality around him.

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