lane

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noun

1
: a narrow passageway between fences or hedges
2
: a relatively narrow way or track: such as
a
: an ocean route used by or prescribed for ships
b
: a strip of roadway for a single line of vehicles
c
d
: any of several parallel courses on a track or swimming pool in which a competitor must stay during a race
e
: an unmarked lengthwise division of a playing area which defines the playing zone of a particular player
f
: a narrow hardwood surface having pins at one end and a gutter along each side that is used in bowling

lane

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Scottish variant of lone

Examples of lane in a Sentence

Noun The truck's driver kept changing lanes. She moved to the outside lane.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
In the 1990s, the MTA, about to build more turn lanes, uncovered the actual foundations of the original adobe, roof tiles, and ceramic floor tiles upon which the 1847 treaty-makers probably walked. Patt Morrison, Los Angeles Times, 17 July 2024 Three of four northbound lanes on Interstate 85 near Charlotte remained closed for hours because of a wreck, state highway officials said Tuesday. Joe Marusak, Charlotte Observer, 16 July 2024 Current Incidents: Lane on K-10 closed in De Soto One lane is closed between Kill Creek Road and South Cedar Creek Parkway on eastbound K-10. Kansas City Star Bot, Kansas City Star, 15 July 2024 Earls was reportedly driving a Chevrolet 1500 west on U.S. 165 that crossed the center lane and struck the BMW X5 that Freeman was driving head on, the crash report stated. Remington Miller, arkansasonline.com, 15 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for lane 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English, from Old English lanu; akin to Middle Dutch lane lane

First Known Use

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of lane was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Lane.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lane. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

lane

noun
ˈlān
1
: a narrow way or road usually between fences, hedges, or buildings
2
: a somewhat narrow way or track: as
a
: an ocean route for ships
also : air lane
b
: a strip of roadway for a single line of vehicles
c
: a bowling alley

Biographical Definition

Lane

biographical name

Edward William 1801–1876 English orientalist

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