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

  • n. The unplanned, uncontrolled spreading of urban development into areas adjoining the edge of a city.

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  • n. an unplanned, disorganized growth of housing etc on the edge of a city

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

  • n. an aggregation or continuous network of urban communities


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