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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.

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The human drivers saw the issue far ahead and began shifting to the left lane. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Even self-driving leader Waymo is struggling to reach full autonomy," 7 Dec. 2018 After a brief closure, the left lane of the road near the site of the accident has reopened, according to Hodgson. Agueda Pacheco-flores, The Seattle Times, "Kitsap Airporter shuttle bus crashes and bursts into flames, killing driver," 19 Nov. 2018 Richard Garfield, the creator of Magic: The Gathering, collaborated with Valve to design Artifact, and an early hands-on preview by Rock Paper Shotgun shows that the game sticks to the three-lane theme central to Dota 2 and other MOBAs. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Artifact, Valve's first new PC game in 5 years, gets a price and release date," 1 Aug. 2018 Four left lanes are blocked along the Outer Loop near New Northside Drive, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center. Chelsea Prince, ajc, "JUST IN: 2 killed in crash on I-285 West in Sandy Springs," 27 June 2018 An intoxicated Larson had stopped his Jeep in the far left lane of the freeway, the report said. Bree Burkitt, azcentral, "Records: Tolleson man arrested for manslaughter was out on bail in friend's shooting," 11 June 2018 Afterward Baffert swung his vehicle into the left lane and eased up to a speed just south of 80 miles an hour. Tim Layden,, "It's Instinctive to Compare Justify's Triple Crown to American Pharoah's but Both Share Connection to Greatness," 10 June 2018 Crews are waiting for the fresh concrete to gain strength, and the left lane in both directions for a roughly half-mile stretch between Lake Street and Haryan Way were still closed during the Tuesday morning commute. Dan Moran, Lake County News-Sun, "Moran: Washington Street repairs a reminder to expect unexpected construction," 5 June 2018 Four people were injured and drivers faced delays on Interstate 5 near Lacey on Wednesday after a crash involving four large trucks blocked all southbound lanes in the area. Heidi Groover, The Seattle Times, "Southbound I-5 near Lacey reopens after four-truck pileup," 12 Dec. 2018

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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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not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped

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