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Definition of lane

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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 : air lane
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


Definition of lane (Entry 2 of 3)

Scottish variant of


biographical name
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Definition of Lane (Entry 3 of 3)

Edward William 1801–1876 English orientalist

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 The city’s public safety officials were not in favor of closing the lane for regular dining, citing traffic flow issues and concerns about access for emergency vehicles, Gilmore said. Jennifer Johnson,, "Park Ridge to allow expanded outdoor dining, closure of Main Street beginning May 1," 6 Apr. 2021 The tow vehicle entered the HOV lane and was struck by another passing vehicle. Mike Cruz, The Arizona Republic, "Driver dies after getting out of vehicle during collision on US 60 in Mesa," 6 Apr. 2021 Gatik vehicles will only operate in the rightmost lane and only make right turns. Richard Bishop, Forbes, "Making Redundancy Cool: Gatik And Isuzu Partner To Develop Level 4 Capable Medium Duty Trucks," 6 Apr. 2021 Ikee pumped her fist and received a hug from her competitor in the next lane after finishing in 57.77 seconds, qualifying her for the 4x100-meter medley relay at this summer's Games. Reuters, CNN, "Leukemia survivor Rikako Ikee defies odds by securing Olympics berth," 5 Apr. 2021 Turn right on the fire lane and in .25 miles turn right onto the Hardesty Trail, which runs downhill back to Leif Erikson Drive. oregonlive, "Forest Park hike leads to an iconic view of the St. Johns Bridge in Northwest Portland," 4 Apr. 2021 Mitchell finds Mayer with a no-look hook pass from the lane to the corner for an open 3, and Mayer doesn’t miss it. Gregg Doyel, The Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Baylor is terrifying in March Madness national semifinal," 4 Apr. 2021 Juzang tried to win the game but was hit with a charging call against collapsing Drew Timme while driving the lane in the final seconds. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, "Column: UCLA didn’t deserve to get Laettnered after playing like champions vs. Gonzaga," 4 Apr. 2021 In order to comply with the state’s 6-foot social distancing requirement, Boston Bowl, for example, blocks off every other lane, and Showcase Cinemas caps theaters at 50 percent attendance., "From restaurants to salons, business is coming back to life as the vaccinated venture out," 3 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of lane


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

History and Etymology for lane


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

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“Lane.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of lane

: a narrow road or path
: a part of road that is marked by painted lines and that is for a single line of vehicles
: a narrow part of a track or swimming pool that is used by a single runner or swimmer in a race


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Kids Definition of lane

1 : a narrow path or road (usually between fences, hedges, or buildings)
2 : a special route (as for ships)
3 : a strip of road used for a single line of traffic
4 : a long narrow wooden floor used for bowling
5 : a narrow course of a track or swimming pool in which a competitor must stay during a race

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