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lane1

[leyn] /leɪn/
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).
Origin of lane1
1000
before 1000; Middle English, Old English; cognate with Dutch laan avenue, Old Norse lǫn oblong hayrick, row of houses
Can be confused
lain, lane.
Synonyms
1. alley. See path.

lane2

[leyn] /leɪn/ Scot.
adjective
1.
lone.
Idioms
2.
by one's lane. lonesome (def 4).

Lane

[leyn] /leɪn/
noun
1.
a male given name.
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Examples from the Web for lane
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  • lane packed the boy's few possessions and talked vehemently all the time.

  • It stood off from the high road, in Black's lane, at the head of the town.

  • The night was dark, and the wind from shore strong, so that Captain lane knew she could not enter the harbor.

    Sustained honor John R. Musick,
  • And now, looking down the lane among the trees, he saw men surge into it.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • Two pictures she watched simultaneously—the gay ballroom and the lane that ran east and west.

    The Wolves of God Algernon Blackwood
British Dictionary definitions for lane

lane1

/leɪn/
noun
1.
  1. a narrow road or way between buildings, hedges, fences, etc
  2. (capital as part of a street name): Drury Lane
2.
  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
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
Word Origin
Old English lane, lanu, of Germanic origin; related to Middle Dutch lāne lane

lane2

/leɪn/
adjective (Scot, dialect)
1.
lone or alone
2.
one's lane, 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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Slang definitions & phrases for lane

lapdog

noun

A subservient person; eager sycophant: The leading Singapore newspaper, the Straits Times, enthusiastically fills the role of government lapdog/employee committees that labor leaders charge will be lapdogs of management (1980s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with lane
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