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Post time 2007-8-9 20:37:45 |Display all floors
Let the party begin. The Beijing Olympics are just a year away.

Sprawling Tiananmen Square was the center of celebrations for thousands of ordinary Chinese and hundreds of Olympic officials as countdown clocks across Beijing reach the one-year mark.


sprawling ?


sprawl (sprôl)

v., sprawled, sprawl·ing, sprawls.

v.intr.
To sit or lie with the body and limbs spread out awkwardly.
To spread out in a straggling or disordered fashion: untidy tenements sprawling toward the river.
v.tr.
To cause to spread out in a straggling or disordered fashion.

n.
A sprawling position or posture.
Haphazard growth or extension outward, especially that resulting from real estate development on the outskirts of a city: urban sprawl.



Isn't it referred to " crowded" Tiananmen Square?


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Post time 2007-8-9 20:44:00 |Display all floors
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Post time 2007-8-9 20:55:07 |Display all floors
Originally posted by allinall at 2007-8-9 20:44
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Thank you! But how do you learn that? I don't find any entry as you explain above in my dictionary.

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Post time 2007-8-9 21:09:18 |Display all floors
不客气, 我觉得你给出的英文解释中已含有这个意思了.

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Post time 2007-8-9 23:07:33 |Display all floors
From one online dictionary: (not exactly but close enough)

1. sprawling - spread out irregularly; "sat sprawled in the big armchair"; "the sprawling suburbs"; "a big sprawly city"

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Post time 2007-8-9 23:15:19 |Display all floors
Originally posted by jl2315 at 2007-8-9 23:07
From one online dictionary: (not exactly but close enough)

1. sprawling - spread out irregularly; "sat sprawled in the big armchair"; "the sprawling suburbs"; "a big spr ...


Jl:

Thank you for your reply.  A city can sprawl to suburb. However how to let Tiananmen Square to sprawl?

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Post time 2007-8-9 23:42:13 |Display all floors
In this case it just means a very expansive open space.  "Kuanguang" as suggested by allinall is very good.

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