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lane1

[leyn]
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noun
  1. a narrow way or passage between hedges, fences, walls, or houses.
  2. any narrow or well-defined passage, track, channel, or course.
  3. 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.
  4. a fixed route followed by ocean steamers or airplanes.
  5. (in a running or swimming race) the marked-off space or path within which a competitor must remain during the course of a race.
  6. bowling alley(def 1).
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Origin of lane1

before 1000; Middle English, Old English; cognate with Dutch laan avenue, Old Norse lǫn oblong hayrick, row of houses
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Synonyms

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1. alley. See path.

lane2

[leyn]Scot.
adjective
  1. lone.
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Idioms
  1. by one's lane. lonesome(def 4).
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Lane

[leyn]
noun
  1. a male given name.
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Historical Examples

  • On the homeward way they turned into a lane and came to a clump of catnip.

    A Night Out

    Edward Peple

  • And now, looking down the lane among the trees, he saw men surge into it.

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for lane

lane1

noun
    1. a narrow road or way between buildings, hedges, fences, etc
    2. (capital as part of a street name)Drury Lane
    1. any of the parallel strips into which the carriageway of a major road or motorway is divided
    2. any narrow well-defined route or course for ships or aircraft
  1. one of the parallel strips into which a running track or swimming bath is divided for races
  2. the long strip of wooden flooring down which balls are bowled in a bowling alley
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Word Origin

Old English lane, lanu, of Germanic origin; related to Middle Dutch lāne lane

lane2

adjective Scot dialect
  1. lone or alone
  2. one's lane or on one's lane on one's own
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Word Origin and History for lane

n.

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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with lane

lane

see fast lane; lovers' lane.

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