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
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

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

With more people out enjoying the warm days and evenings, the town is looking into a number of issues on roads from new turn lanes, speeding and traffic calming measures. Peter Marteka, courant.com, "Glastonbury officials are seeking solutions to these 4 road issues in town," 5 June 2019 Rahn has said companies would build the lanes, pay for their construction and operate them in exchange for keeping most of the toll revenue over 50 years. Katherine Shaver, Washington Post, "Monorail advocates say Maryland officials will consider it for I-270," 4 June 2019 The defense is aptly named — four men create a box around the lane (two men at the corners of the free throw line, one on each block by the basket) while one man plays man-to-man defense against the team’s top offensive threat. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, "Kurtenbach: The Raptors paid Steph Curry the ultimate respect and it told us so much about these NBA Finals," 3 June 2019 In the school pickup lane, on my morning run, sitting in a Lyft—I’d close my eyes and imagine kissing a man on that spot where the jaw meets the neck, feeling the bristle of hair against my lips. Lyz Lenz, Glamour, "I Wanted to Fall in Love With Men. I Also Wanted Men to Leave Me the Hell Alone," 15 Apr. 2019 More surprising—to me at least—was how that access extended to the pit lane, even during the race. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Open mind, wide open throttle: We go to our first NASCAR race," 15 Nov. 2018 In the west of Belgium, near the French border, the A19 motorway ends in a four-lane, unfinished overpass. Nick Stockton, WIRED, "Laser-Shooting Planes Uncover the Horror and Humanity of World War I," 9 July 2018 Meanwhile, four lanes of traffic — instead of six — bump along Van Ness like a sluggish river. Carl Nolte, SFChronicle.com, "Streets of San Francisco are always being dug up," 30 June 2018 Every model comes with automated emergency braking and lane-keeping assist. The Good Housekeeping Institute, Good Housekeeping, "The Best New Cars of 2019," 15 Apr. 2019

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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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lane

noun

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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