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Definition of lane

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 2)

Scottish variant of

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 But Tullock, who maintains quite an amusing Instagram account, is not interested in staying in any one lane. Mikey O'connell, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 Apr. 2022 Loop 101 Price frontage roads in both directions will be narrowed to one lane between Rio Salado Parkway in Tempe and Loop 202 in Chandler from 11 p.m. Friday to 5 p.m. Saturday. Adam Terro, The Arizona Republic, 22 Apr. 2022 One lane on southbound I-75 also is shut down until further notice. Jennifer Edwards Baker, The Enquirer, 19 Apr. 2022 Another hurdle was the need to keep at least one lane open both north and south during nearly the entire construction process. San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Apr. 2022 It was done to create multiple racing lines and prevent too much rubber grinding into one slick lane. oregonlive, 15 Apr. 2022 Effusive company founder McGathy has never stuck to one lane, and has stories for days about coming up in the halcyon days of radio — both rock and disco — and working as a station PD, as well as at Polydor and RCA. Katherine Turman, Variety, 12 Apr. 2022 The one-lane, quarter-mile road that splits off the main westbound access is used by motorists to get to Los Patios, which has a driveway entrance just past the trail crossing. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, 10 Apr. 2022 State Route 83 near Avon Lake High School will be down to one lane for at least three weeks for gas line work. cleveland, 10 Apr. 2022 See More

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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 25 May. 2022.

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\ ˈlān How to pronounce lane (audio) \

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

Lane biographical name

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Definition of Lane

Edward William 1801–1876 English orientalist

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