1 [leyn]
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 ).

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

1. alley. See path. Unabridged


2 [leyn] Scot.
by one's lane. lonesome ( def 4 ).


a male given name. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
lane1 (leɪn)
1.  a.  a narrow road or way between buildings, hedges, fences, etc
 b.  (capital as part of a street name): Drury Lane
2.  a.  any of the parallel strips into which the carriageway of a major road or motorway is divided
 b.  any narrow well-defined route or course for ships or aircraft
3.  one of the parallel strips into which a running track or swimming bath is divided for races
4.  the long strip of wooden flooring down which balls are bowled in a bowling alley
[Old English lane, lanu, of Germanic origin; related to Middle Dutch lāne lane]

lane2 (leɪn)
1.  lone or alone
2.  one's lane, on one's lane on one's own

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Word Origin & History

O.E. lane, lanu "narrow hedged-in road," common Gmc. (cf. O.Fris. lana, M.Du. lane, Du. laan "lane," O.N. lön "row of houses"), of unknown origin.
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Slang Dictionary

lame definition

and laine; lane
  1. mod.
    inept; inadequate; undesirable. : That guy's so lame, it's pitiful.
  2. n.
    a squareperson. (Streets. Underworld.) : Let's see if that lame over there has anything we want in his pockets.
  3. n.
    an inept person. : The guy turned out to be a lame, and we had to fire him.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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Idioms & Phrases


see fast lane; lovers' lane.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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Example sentences
Along the two-lane road, there is not a single billboard, stop sign or traffic light.
On either side of the snaking single-lane road peat bogs stretch as far as the eye can see.
The long workbench and shelving in this garage are made from sections of a
  yellow pine bowling-alley lane.
The people who landed there from the boats went tramping off down the lane.
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