- a narrow way or passage between hedges, fences, walls, or houses.
- any narrow or well-defined passage, track, channel, or course.
- a longitudinally marked part of a highway wide enough to accommodate one vehicle, often set off from adjacent lanes by painted lines (often used in combination): a new six-lane turnpike.
- a fixed route followed by ocean steamers or airplanes.
- (in a running or swimming race) the marked-off space or path within which a competitor must remain during the course of a race.
- bowling alley(def 1).
Origin of lane1
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- by one's lane. lonesome(def 4).
- a male given name.
Examples from the Web for lane
Former cadet Lane said he only saw Jackson attempt to catch one of them.Stonewall Jackson, VMI’s Most Embattled Professor
S. C. Gwynne
November 29, 2014
Opperud and another unnamed inmate were captured shortly after Lane.
Lane is one of those criminals whose 15 minutes of infamy never seem to end.
Lane spilled no secrets when taken into custody, so we probably will never know.
As other prisoners took advantage of the rehabilitation programs offered, Lane and Opperud secretly planned an escape.
On the homeward way they turned into a lane and came to a clump of catnip.A Night Out
And now, looking down the lane among the trees, he saw men surge into it.Way of the Lawless
It stood off from the high road, in Black's Lane, at the head of the town.
She took it up the lane to the place where the man is; and they put it behind the palings.
I should very much, sir; but Mr. Lane is set against racing.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
- a narrow road or way between buildings, hedges, fences, etc
- (capital as part of a street name)Drury Lane
- any of the parallel strips into which the carriageway of a major road or motorway is divided
- any narrow well-defined route or course for ships or aircraft
- one of the parallel strips into which a running track or swimming bath is divided for races
- the long strip of wooden flooring down which balls are bowled in a bowling alley
- lone or alone
- one's lane or on one's lane on one's own
Word Origin and History for lane
Old English lane, lanu "narrow hedged-in road," common Germanic (cf. Old Frisian lana, Middle Dutch lane, Dutch laan "lane," Old Norse lön "row of houses"), of unknown origin. As one track of a marked road, from 1921, American English.