lane

noun
\ ˈlān \

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 \

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

Hathaway could have stayed in that lane, content with the fame and the paychecks. Elizabeth Holmes, Town & Country, "Anne Hathaway Is Nobody's Punching Bag," 8 Jan. 2019 Riders are instructed to use the bike lanes and wear helmets, but very few actually do. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Oakland official: “We want to get Americans out of their cars and solve racism”," 12 Dec. 2018 Several county residents asked the district's commissioners to earmark more money from registration fees for projects such as bike lanes, sidewalks and better accommodations for public transportation. Sven Berg, idahostatesman, "Ada County drivers, you subsidize big trucks — even though they damage roads more.," 11 July 2018 Dozens of residents, many of whom spoke at previous public meetings on the Village-Barrio Master Plan, asked final questions about details such as building heights, bike lanes, property setbacks, architectural styles and more. Phil Diehl, sandiegouniontribune.com, "New Master Plan approved for Carlsbad's Village, Barrio," 11 July 2018 Luxe bike lanes line the route all the way from Prospect Park. New York Times, "Free (or Cheap) Things to Do in NYC This Weekend," 5 July 2018 The main purpose of the project is to give the boulevard 4-foot-wide bike lanes in both directions, Diaz said. Meryl Kornfield, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Brightline train stations boost new development in South Florida's downtowns," 3 July 2018 Residents have complained about scooters strewn across sidewalks and riders clogging bike lanes, zooming down sidewalks, and occasionally crashing into people on foot. John Greenfield, Chicago Reader, "Cycling / News / Transportation Electric scooters could be next to clog Chicago’s sidewalks and bike lanes," 25 June 2018 The plan also places a priority on adding two traffic circles per year and also connecting existing bike lanes. Leah Asmelash, charlotteobserver, "Think Charlotte's a terrible city for biking? Here's how the city hopes to change that.," 21 June 2018

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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 \

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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