- The definition of a lane is a narrow route or path.
- An example of a lane is an alley between two buildings.
- An example of a lane is the polished wood area where bowling balls are rolled towards the pins.
A country lane in Autumn.
lane definition by Webster's New World
- a narrow way between hedges, walls, buildings, etc.; narrow country road or city street
- any narrow way, as an opening in a crowd of people
- a path or route designated, as for reasons of safety, for ships or aircraft
- ☆ a marked strip of road wide enough for a single line of cars, trucks, etc.
- any of the parallel courses marked off for contestants in a race
- Basketball free throw lane
- a long, narrow strip of highly polished wood, along which the balls are rolled; alley
- a bowling establishment
Origin: Middle English ; from Old English lanu, akin to Dutch laan ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Indo-European base an unverified form elā-, to be in motion, go
lane definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. A narrow country road.b. A narrow way or passage between walls, hedges, or fences.
- A narrow passage, course, or track, especially:a. A prescribed course for ships or aircraft.b. A strip delineated on a street or highway to accommodate a single line of vehicles: a breakdown lane; an express lane.c. Sports One of a set of parallel courses marking the bounds for contestants in a race, especially in swimming or track.d. Sports A wood-surfaced passageway or alley along which a bowling ball is rolled.e. Sports An unmarked lengthwise area of a playing field or ice rink viewed as the main playing area for a particular position, such as a wing in soccer.f. Basketball The rectangular area marked on a court from the end line to the foul line.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English.
lane - Computer Definition
A specification (January 1995) from the ATM Forum (since merged into the MFA Forum) for an ATM service in support of native Ethernet (802.3) and Token Ring (802.5) local area network (LAN) communications over an ATM network. Software in the end systems (e.g., ATM-based hosts or routers, known as proxies), of the ATM network emulates a native LAN environment. LANE acts as Layer 2 bridge in support of connectionless LAN traffic, with the connection-oriented ATM service being transparent to the user application. In LANE, a LAN emulation client (LEC) connects to the ATM network over a LANE user-to-network interface (LUNI). The network-based LAN emulation server (LES) registers the LAN medium access control (MAC) addresses and translates them into ATM addresses using the address resolution protocol (ARP). Each LEC is assigned to an emulated LAN (ELAN) by an optional network-based LAN emulation configuration server (LECS). Each LEC also is associated with a broadcast and unknown server (BUS) that handles broadcast and multicast traffic, as well as initial unicast frames before address resolution. LANE traffic generally is Class C variable bit rate (VBR) traffic in message mode, and is supported over ATM Adaptation Layer Type 5 (AAL5). See also 802.3, 802.5, AAL5, ARP, ATM, ATM Forum, broadcast, BUS, Class C ATM traffic, connectionless, connection-oriented, ELAN, emulation, Ethernet, host, Layer 2, LEC, LECS, LES, LUNI, MAC, message mode service, MFA Forum, multicast, proxy, router, Token Ring, unicast, and VBR.
(LAN Emulation) The ability to connect Ethernet and Token Ring networks together via ATM. LANE allows common protocols, such as IP, IPX and AppleTalk to ride over an ATM backbone without any modification to Ethernet or Token Ring stations. LANE is also used to create emulated LANs (ELANs), which like VLANs, logically combine groups of users. The ATM Forum governs the LANE User-to-Network Interface (LUNI), which defines how an end station communicates with the ATM network. Encapsulating LAN Packets The LANE driver encapsulates Ethernet and Token Ring packets into LANE packets and then converts them into ATM cells, and vice versa. The driver resides in an edge device which sits between the LAN and the ATM switch. The driver is also required in each ATM client station. The LECS and BUS LANE is implemented in an ATM switch or stand-alone server and is made up of two software components: the LANE Configuration Server (LECS), which provides address resolution, and the Broadcast and Unknown Server (BUS), which manages multicast and broadcast traffic within the ELAN. See ATM and MPOA.