American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A narrow street or passageway between or behind city buildings.
- n. A path between flower beds or trees in a garden or park.
- n. Sports A straight narrow course or track, especially a bowling alley.
- n. Sports Either of the parallel lanes at the sides of a tennis court, which widen the inbounds area for doubles play.
- idiom. up (one's) alley Informal Compatible with one's interests or qualifications: an assignment that is right up your alley.
- n. Games A large playing marble, often used as the shooter.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A passage; especially, a narrow passage. A passage in a building, giving access from one part to another; also sometimes used for aisle. A long, narrow inclosure with a smooth wooden floor for playing at bowls, skittles, etc. A walk, inclosed with hedges or shrubbery, in a garden: as, “yonder alleys green,”
Milton, P. L., iv. 626.
- n. A narrow passage or way in a town, as distinct from a public street. In a printing-office, the space between two rows of composing-stands, in which compositors work at the cases on the stands.
- n. A choice taw or large playing-marble. Also spelled ally.
- n. A glass marble or taw.
- n. A narrow street or passageway, especially one through the middle of a block giving access to the rear of lots or buildings.
- n. baseball The area between the outfielders, the gap.
- n. bowling An establishment where bowling is played; bowling alley.
- n. tennis The extra area between the sidelines or tramlines on a tennis court that is used for doubles matches.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A narrow passage; especially a walk or passage in a garden or park, bordered by rows of trees or bushes; a bordered way.
- n. A narrow passage or way in a city, as distinct from a public street.
- n. A passageway between rows of pews in a church.
- n. (Persp.) Any passage having the entrance represented as wider than the exit, so as to give the appearance of length.
- n. The space between two rows of compositors' stands in a printing office.
- n. A choice taw or marble.
- n. a lane down which a bowling ball is rolled toward pins
- n. a narrow street with walls on both sides
- Anglo-Norman and Old French alee, feminine of ale, past participle of aler ("to go") (French aller), from Gaulish *elu, alu (compare Welsh el 'he may go'), from Proto-Indo-European *el- (compare Old English ile ("footsole"), Ancient Greek eláein ("to drive"), Armenian eł ("climbed, came out")). See also allée. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English alei, from Old French alee, from aler, to walk, from Latin ambulāre; see ambulate.Short for alabaster. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“*the pegasus kitteh lands in and goes to an alley in cheezland, a dark adn abandoned alley*”
“More up my alley is the half-hour spin-off, Models of the Runway, which follows the walking clothes hangers in their non-competition.”
“Past the alley is the Trolley Car diner, where you can get the world's best chili dog and an orange drink for 15 cents.”
“Unfortunately, that alley is mostly a dead-end affair.”
“But Howard led the Magic back, with a backspin alley-oop from Turkoglu that highlighted a spurt to end the third quarter.”
“Police received reports that four or five people were seen running through an alley from the scene, but it was not clear if they were involved with the shooting, Carew said.”
“Bedbugs found across the alley from the Wilson Building (WTOP) *** ON THE MENU ***”
“A coat hanger in an alley is likely to kill the mother as well.”
“Taking every superhero down a dark alley is just going to make them all bland if it becomes the same "dark" view of the characters.”
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Slang and plain words used to describe the great game of baseball.
Those little walkways between buildings or round the back of cathedrals
Very basic words for ESL students.
IE roots ank-, ant- and others
In my life I've lived on an avenue, a drive, and uh, a park southwest. Maybe someday I can live on a mews.
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