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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

An eastbound lane and westbound curb will be repaired. Madeline Mitchell,, "Traffic: Columbia Parkway reduces to one lane Friday and into next week," 11 Sep. 2019 Knoxville, Tennessee Intersection: Eastbound Western Avenue (SR 62) at the I-640/I-75 Southbound offramp This major interchange is several lanes wide on each side. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Risky intersections: 10 crossroads where the highest numbers of cars run red lights," 11 Sep. 2019 The last tour will begin at 1:30 p.m. Parking is available along Rose Avenue or along the lanes inside the cemetery. Jennifer Johnson,, "What’s happening in Park Ridge: District 207 hosts college fair; ’Spirits’ return to Park Ridge cemetery for historical tour," 11 Sep. 2019 Additionally, officials are planning to ramp up bus service and replace knotty, potholed roads with a grid of freshly paved pedestrian paths and bike lanes. Rachel Swan,, "Treasure Island ferry terminal breaks ground in anticipation of 8,000 new SF homes," 10 Sep. 2019 That program included a walking trail and bicycle lane that would run parallel to the ranch’s main private road. Rosanna Xiastaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Bill to open Hollister Ranch beaches to the public heads to Gov. Newsom. Will he sign it?," 9 Sep. 2019 On the one hand, autonomous vehicles offer an excellent opportunity to rethink how American cities operate, down to each lane line, crosswalk, and curb. Wired, "Cities Are Trying—Again—to Plan for Autonomous Vehicles," 9 Sep. 2019 Fitzgerald said the intersection needs improvement because there is poor visibility of traffic signals, and there is an extra outside lane on Appleton Avenue, which adds intersection width that is incorrectly used by some drivers. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Menomonee Falls and Germantown rank top 5 for worst drivers in Wisconsin, according to QuoteWizard insurance," 9 Sep. 2019 Four days of vehicular gridlock begin near the George Washington Bridge when two of three approach lanes from Fort Lee, N.J., are blocked off. Fox News, "This Day in History: Sept. 9," 9 Sep. 2019

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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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