Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A choice taw or large playing-marble. Also spelled ally.
  • noun A passage; especially, a narrow passage.
  • noun 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A choice taw or marble.
  • noun A narrow passage; especially a walk or passage in a garden or park, bordered by rows of trees or bushes; a bordered way.
  • noun A narrow passage or way in a city, as distinct from a public street.
  • noun A passageway between rows of pews in a church.
  • noun (Persp.) Any passage having the entrance represented as wider than the exit, so as to give the appearance of length.
  • noun The space between two rows of compositors' stands in a printing office.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A glass marble or taw.
  • noun A narrow street or passageway, especially one through the middle of a block giving access to the rear of lots or buildings.
  • noun baseball The area between the outfielders, the gap.
  • noun bowling An establishment where bowling is played; bowling alley.
  • noun tennis The extra area between the sidelines or tramlines on a tennis court that is used for doubles matches.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a lane down which a bowling ball is rolled toward pins
  • noun a narrow street with walls on both sides

Etymologies

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Diminutive of alabaster.

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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.

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