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[n] an ungainly posture with arms and legs spread about
[v] sit or lie with one's limbs spread out
[v] go, come, or spread in a rambling or irregular way; "Branches straggling out quite far"


sprawling, straggle

Misc. Definitions

\Sprawl\ (spr[add]l), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Sprawled} (spr[add]ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Sprawling}.] [OE. spraulen; cf. Sw. sprattla to sprawl, dial. Sw. spralla, Dan. sp[ae]lle, spr[ae]lde, D. spartelen, spertelen, to flounder, to struggle.]
1. To spread and stretch the body or limbs carelessly in a horizontal position; to lie with the limbs stretched out ungracefully.
2. To spread irregularly, as vines, plants, or tress; to spread ungracefully, as chirography.
3. To move, when lying down, with awkward extension and motions of the limbs; to scramble in creeping. The birds were not fledged; but upon sprawling and struggling to get clear of the flame, down they tumbled. --L'Estrange.

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