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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.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Rogers fell into the center lane of the street and was hit by two cars, police said. Nicole Darrah, Fox News, "UNCC student, 20, killed after she fell out of party bus into path of cars," 2 Oct. 2018 China’s homegrown auto makers will likely move into the slow lane, too. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "Watch Out for China’s Slowing Car Sales," 9 Aug. 2018 In the game against Memphis, Grizzlies rookie Jaren Jackson Jr. drove into the lane and attempted to lob a pass to a teammate. Josh Robbins,, "Jonathan Isaac, Mo Bamba gave Magic hope at summer league," 14 July 2018 Harrison drove into the lane, but his pass to a cutting Mikal Bridges was broken up as time expired. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Phoenix Suns fall in NBA Summer League playoffs to Philadelphia 76ers," 12 July 2018 The driver , who was not identified, was headed west in a 2015 Ford Fusion, which inexplicably went into the breakdown lane and struck a tractor trailer at 2:12 p.m., State Police said in a press release. Adam Sennott,, "Driver killed in crash on I-90 in Grafton," 11 July 2018 Suffolk County police say Demetrius, of Nesconset, was driving east in Amityville around 12:30 a.m. Sunday when his car went into the opposite lanes and hit a westbound car. CBS News, "3 people, including father and son, killed in Long Island car crash, police say," 8 July 2018 The impatient driver drove onto the shoulder and bypassed two vehicles to merge into the lane. Victoria Cheyne, Houston Chronicle, "Police officer delivers baby in credit union parking lot," 21 June 2018 The drivers of several cars that weren't struck drove into the two empty lanes to the left or onto the shoulder on the right, clearing the way for other vehicles coming from behind. John Sowell, idahostatesman, "These Boise brothers ran back to help the injured in freeway crash that killed 4," 18 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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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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