free throw lane


Definition of free throw lane

: a 12- or 16-foot-wide lane on a basketball court that extends from underneath the goal to a line 15 feet in front of the backboard and that players may not enter during a free throw

First Known Use of free throw lane

1915, in the meaning defined above

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“Free throw lane.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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