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megapolis +‎ -itan; compare megalopolitan.[1]



megapolitan (comparative more megapolitan, superlative most megapolitan)

  1. Of or pertaining to a megapolis (a very large city or urban complex).
    Synonym: megalopolitan
    • 1859 September, “Little Peddlington; otherwise Called Bosville”, in Timothy Flint, editor, The Knickerbocker, or New-York Monthly Magazine, volume LIV, number 3 (number 633 overall), New York, N.Y.: John A. Gray, []; London: John Chapman, [], OCLC 1650862, page 299:
      Of the intellectual nature of Bosville, mention has been made already. It is, as we have seen, [] megapolitan, metropolitan, cosmopolitan, [].
    • 1974 April, Herbert J. Gans, “Mass Communications as an Educational Institution”, in Peter L. Klinge, editor, American Education in the Electric Age: New Perspectives on Media and Learning, Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Educational Technology Publications, →ISBN, page 76:
      Is the school culture, that child of nineteenth-century Protestant laissez faire and rural America, of an emerging and industrial and urban society and of an economy of scarcity, relevant to the multi-ethnic, multi-racial, and multi-religious post-industrial society of today, with its metropolitan and megapolitan settlement pattern and its economy of affluence-with-poverty? Which culture does today's child really need to know?
    • 2006, Robert E. Lang, “Measuring Katrina’s Impact on the Gulf Megapolitan Area”, in Eugenie L. Birch and Susan M. Wachter, editors, Rebuilding Urban Places after Disaster: Lessons from Hurricane Katrina, Philadelphia, Pa.: University of Pennsylvania Press, →ISBN, part II (Returning Urban Places to Economic Viability), page 89:
      The nation's southernmost transcontinental Interstate, I-10, serves as the Gulf Coast's "Main Street." Every major city in the megapolitan area lies along its path. [] Megapolitan Areas are integrated networks of metropolitan and micropolitan areas.
    • 2008, Lisa Benton-Short; John Rennie Short, “Contemporary Urbanization and Environmental Dynamics”, in Cities and Nature (Routledge Critical Introductions to Urbanism and the City), Abingdon, Oxon.; New York, N.Y.: Routledge, →ISBN, part I (The Urban Environment in History), page 71:
      In the US there are 10 megapolitan regions, defined as clustered networks of metropolitan regions that either have populations of more than 10 million or will exceed that number, on current growth projections, by 2010.
    • 2009, Robert E. Lang; Arthur C. Nelson, “Megapolitan America: Defining and Applying a New Geography”, in Catherine L. Ross, editor, Megaregions: Planning for Global Competitiveness, Washington, D.C.: Island Press, →ISBN, page 116:
      The first step in creating megapolitan areas involved producing a map of the micropolitan and metropolitan counties. To be considered as a candidate for megapolitan inclusion, an area must be a string of contiguous metropolitan and micropolitan counties, uninterrupted by non-metropolitan counties.



megapolitan (plural megapolitans)

  1. Synonym of megapolis
    • 2007, William F. Christopher, “The Viable System Model and Public and Environmental Responsibility”, in Holistic Management: Managing what Matters for Company Success, Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley-Interscience, →ISBN, pages 417–418:
      With developments already planned, within 20 years Buckeye is expected to become a metropolis nearly as large as Phoenix. And Phoenix will be expanding east and south, too, creating a Phoenix/Tucson megapolitan. A total of such 10 megapolitans with urban and residential construction linking today's central cities into new, huge megapolitans: []
    • 2011, Asli Ceylan Oner, “North American Cities in Globalization”, in Peter J[ames] Taylor, Pengfei Ni, Ben Derudder, Michael Hoyler, Jin Huang, and Frank Witlox, editors, Global Urban Analysis: A Survey of Cities in Globalization, Abingdon, Oxon.; New York, N.Y.: Earthscan, →ISBN, page 149:
      In the United States, trans-metropolitan areas are referred to as megapolitans, large urban regions with physically interconnected metropolitan and micropolitan areas through transportation networks, constituting a functionally interdependent urban network [].
  2. An inhabitant of a megapolis.
    Synonym: megalopolitan



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