free throw lane

noun

: 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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Both squads were forced to play physically with a lot of contact allowed by officials (with free throw lane violations and off ball fouls called to make up), which the Nighthawks happily accepted. Alex Harrison, The Enquirer, 5 Mar. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1915, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of free throw lane was in 1915

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Cite this Entry

“Free throw lane.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/free%20throw%20lane. Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

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