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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

Noun The truck's driver kept changing lanes. She moved to the outside lane.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun After driving off the right shoulder, the man overcorrected and came back across the two-lane road before slamming into the telephone pole. Henri Hollis, ajc, 6 Jan. 2022 Cyclists, take note: Asheville sits in a bowl surrounded by 5,000-to-6,000-foot peaks and offers a sturdy mix of two-lane blacktop, gravel, and singletrack traversing those mountains in every direction. Graham Averill, Outside Online, 6 Jan. 2022 It’s one of those two-lane desert roads that slices across the landscape like a never-ending airport runway. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 4 Jan. 2022 Montellano’s niece, Denise Montellano Martin, always loved visiting their home, full of food, laughter and so many relatives that their cars spilled out of the one-lane road, a block from the historic San Fernando Cemetery No. 1. Marina Starleaf Riker, San Antonio Express-News, 31 Dec. 2021 While attempting to bypass the Interstate 80 closure, the family, which included children as young as 5, detoured onto the two-lane dirt road, which was buried in snow. Amy Alonzo, USA TODAY, 29 Dec. 2021 Also part of the redevelopment is a new three-lane airport access road from Laurel Street and North Harbor Drive that airport planners say would remove 45,000 vehicle trips per day from Harbor Drive. Lori Weisberg, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Dec. 2021 It's now being turned into a two-lane roundabout connecting Rural Street and Southeastern Avenue. Kayla Dwyer, The Indianapolis Star, 23 Dec. 2021 Campton Hills Village Administrator Denise Burchard said the village has had issues with the lights show for several years because of concerns about traffic that jams up the two-lane residential road spectators use to see the holiday display. Megan Jones,, 22 Dec. 2021

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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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“Lane.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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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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