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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
\ ˈlān How to pronounce Lane (audio) \

Definition of Lane (Entry 3 of 3)

Edward William 1801–1876 English orientalist

Examples of lane in a Sentence


The truck's driver kept changing lanes. She moved to the outside lane.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The eastbound lanes of West Metairie Avenue were closed, and dozens of neighbors gathered to watch as investigators, including an ATF dog, examined the scene. Laura Mcknight,, "Man arrested in 3 Metairie homicides following SWAT roll," 18 June 2019 The right three lanes of I-65 northbound from Southport Road to I-465 will be closed beginning 9 p.m. Friday. Andrew Clark, Indianapolis Star, "Indianapolis traffic: Weekend construction could congest multiple interstates. Here's what you need to know.," 14 June 2019 Two lanes of travel will be open by 10 a.m. on Saturday. Sarah Brookbank,, "Changes coming to I-275 construction in Kentucky this weekend," 14 June 2019 All lanes were cleared and reopened by about 11 p.m. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Major injuries reported in crash on SR-78 in Vista," 13 June 2019 Her idea of unwinding is to put on boots and meander through the wilderness or the by-lanes of a city. Niloufer Venkatraman, National Geographic, "6 can’t-miss stops in Yellowstone National Park," 13 June 2019 Matthew Linder of VSI Labs shows how their self-driving research vehicle can automatically read and change lanes using HERE Technology's HD Live Map system, June 10, 2019, in Chicago. Ally Marotti,, "An autonomous vehicle took on Chicago's thick morning traffic. Here's what happened.," 12 June 2019 The right travel and break down lanes were closed for about four hours, State Police said. Breanne Kovatch,, "Woburn man dies in I-190 Leominster crash Tuesday night," 12 June 2019 Westbound lanes of I-76 at mile marker 51 were closed as authorities conducted a medical evacuation, Alvarado said. Sam Tabachnik, The Denver Post, "Family of six injured, one with arm severed, in one-car crash on I-76 in Weld County," 8 June 2019

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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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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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