\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

g : free throw lane


Definition of lane (Entry 2 of 3)

Scottish variant of


biographical name
\ˈlān \

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

Route 6 is a two-lane road that is not divided, Wellfleet Lieutenant Michael P. Hurley said in an e-mail. Lucas Phillips,, "Head-on collision on Route 6 in Wellfleet leaves two hospitalized," 14 July 2018 But Cobb wants to expand and add a 25-yard, three-lane shooting range as the business relocates to one of the two new commercial buildings going up as part of the Palumbo development. Erin Sauder, Elgin Courier-News, "East Dundee to get another gun range," 13 July 2018 Behind us, the traffic moving along the two-lane highway slowed to a stop. Jeff Johnson, Outside Online, "Jeff Johnson on the First Time He Saved a Life," 11 July 2018 Meantime, noise barriers already in southern Broward could be expanded or modified for an I-95 and I-595 express-lane project. Marci Shatzman,, "New I-95 sound walls rising from Boca Raton to Deerfield Beach," 6 July 2018 Pine plantations stand sentinel along two-lane roads where cows graze next to one-room churches. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin's highest point - Timm's Hill - is a quiet escape away from everything," 5 July 2018 Behind us lies the busy, four-lane Engle Road, with a subdivision on the other side. Joseph Dits, Post-Tribune, "Fort Wayne builds berm to keep Asian carp out of Great Lakes," 3 July 2018 Turn left and cross the one-lane bridge over the river and continue past Coloma Resort (on the right) to Bayne Road. Tom Stienstra,, "Sunday getaway to Coloma," 1 July 2018 The townspeople of Long Grove, Illinois in suburban Chicago spent years debating whether to save or demolish the old one-lane covered bridge that spanned Buffalo Creek. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Town tried to protect old bridge with a landmark status. Then this truck came along," 29 June 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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