One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An extended urban area, typically consisting of several towns merging with the suburbs of one or more cities.
urban area, municipality, borough, township, settlementView synonyms
- ‘The stars in the sky glowed with an ambience only seen outside the urban conurbations.’
- ‘‘They are frequently conurbations or city regions such as Amsterdam, Manchester, Singapore or Silicon Valley,’ he said.’
- ‘Greater Milan is the largest conurbation in Italy (though Rome as a city is larger).’
- ‘It is in the roads leading to the city centre and those carrying traffic past the major conurbation.’
- ‘We can learn a great deal from the experience of other major conurbations across Europe.’
- ‘The two reviews considered health authorities as the unit of analysis, but in cities or conurbations it makes sense to consider whole geographical areas.’
- ‘Why are the turnover rates in these three conurbations higher in inner city areas and in teaching trusts and more acute in larger cities, particularly London?’
- ‘Great cities and conurbations are developed by visionaries who instill pride and optimism in their fellow citizens.’
- ‘And we will need a pilot somewhere in the UK - probably in a major conurbation or region of the country.’
- ‘This established a two-tier system of thirty-nine counties and six metropolitan counties for the major conurbations outside London.’
- ‘Manchester is a major city at the heart of a large urban conurbation.’
- ‘It's likely to be close to a major conurbation with good road and rail links.’
- ‘Developers are looking at big cities and Bradford is a large conurbation.’
- ‘Areas outside the major conurbations and the corridors linking them are still deprived of much necessary infrastructure.’
- ‘The almost relentless growth in property crime of recent decades has affected the whole country - rural areas, small towns, provincial cities, and major conurbations.’
- ‘It states that in Africa, Asia and Latin America there are 600 million people living in squatter settlements around conurbations that lack any sanitation infrastructure.’
- ‘The area adjoins the Dublin conurbation, and is a designated green belt amenity and agricultural resource base.’
- ‘Each category of settlement - the hamlets, the villages, the towns, the cities, the conurbations - appears to have its own characteristic scale of distance.’
- ‘We were promised this super hospital, not just for the city, but for the whole conurbation, because that is what we need.’
- ‘‘When Swindon was growing as a new town thousands of young couples were settled in areas to the west and east of the conurbation,’ said Coun Perkins.’
Early 20th century: from con- ‘together’ + Latin urbs, urb- ‘city’ + -ation.
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