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

Examples of free throw lane in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bradley inbounds from the right side instead of the point guard while his teammates align in a box set – one on each corner of the free throw lane. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Dec. 2022 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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“Free throw lane.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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