A lane is a relatively narrow street or road. Most country lanes never get backed up with rush hour traffic.

There's the kind of lane that meanders through wooded, hilly countryside, and then there's the lane that's one particular row of traffic on the a busier road. This second kind of lane is sometimes just one of many options, like on an eight-lane highway. You might also choose a lane in a swimming pool, if you swim competitively or among many lap swimmers.

Definitions of lane
  1. noun
    a narrow way or road
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    type of:
    any artifact consisting of a road or path affording passage from one place to another
  2. noun
    a well-defined track or path; for e.g. swimmers or lines of traffic
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    Saint Lawrence Seaway
    a seaway involving the Saint Lawrence River and the Great Lakes that was developed jointly by Canada and the United States; oceangoing ships can travel as far west as Lake Superior
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    alley, bowling alley, skittle alley
    a lane down which a bowling ball is rolled toward pins
    free throw lane
    a lane on a basketball court extending from the end line to 15 feet in front of the backboard; players may not enter this lane during a free throw
    sea lane, seaway, ship route, trade route
    a lane at sea that is a regularly used route for vessels
    traffic lane
    a lane of a main road that is defined by painted lines
    bus lane
    a traffic lane intended for buses only
    fast lane
    the traffic lane for vehicles that are moving rapidly
    slow lane
    the traffic lane for vehicles that are moving slowly
    type of:
    a way especially designed for a particular use
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