lane

noun
\ ˈlān How to pronounce lane (audio) \

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
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

Definition of lane (Entry 2 of 3)

Scottish variant of

Lane

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

Noun The truck's driver kept changing lanes. She moved to the outside lane.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The result is a car that is quicker to complete a lane change or 60-foot (18m) slalom than the Mk7 GTI and one that's four seconds a lap quicker around the handling course at VW's Ehra-Lessien proving grounds in Germany. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The 2022 Golf GTI will have a much smarter brain for more driving fun," 13 May 2020 The fateful lane change arose out of one mayor’s resistance to such blandishments. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "The US Supreme Court’s unanimous Bridgegate opinion reads like fiction," 7 May 2020 When instituting bike lanes over the past couple of years, the city had used plastic bollards, orange barrels and last August added concrete barriers to a pair of bridges. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee is testing new 'wave' delineators from a Madison company to separate car lanes from the bike path," 7 May 2020 In addition to bike lanes separated by curbs, Kabell backs subsidizing electric bicycles, which could encourage commuters who have longer or hilly journeys. BostonGlobe.com, "Cycle power: Bikes emerge as a post-lockdown commuter option," 4 May 2020 In addition to bike lanes separated by curbs, Kabell backs subsidizing electric bicycles, which could encourage commuters who have longer or hilly journeys. Washington Post, "Cycle power: Bikes emerge as a post-lockdown commuter option," 3 May 2020 Hundreds of the prized masks spread across southbound lanes, authorities said. NBC News, "Britain likely to miss virus testing target, minister admits," 2 May 2020 But instead of returning them to the status quo ante, why not take this opportunity to rapidly paint in bike lanes and adapt our streets to better suit the needs of pedestrians. Mark Lamster, Dallas News, "With the coronavirus, an opportunity to reinvent Dallas," 30 Apr. 2020 In Milan, officials are looking to install some 22 miles of bike lanes over the summer—after the city's COVID-19 restrictions are lifted—in an effort to encourage biking. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Cities Like New York, Paris, and Berlin Are Adding More Bike Lanes," 29 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of lane

Noun

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

History and Etymology for lane

Noun

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

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

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24 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Lane.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lane. Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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lane

noun
How to pronounce Lane (audio)

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

lane

noun
\ 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

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