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alley


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Alley  \Al"ley\,  n.;  pl  {Alleys}.  [OE.  aley,  alley,  OF  al['e]e, 
  F.  all['e]e,  a  going,  passage,  fr  OE  aler,  F.  aller,  to  go 
  of  uncertain  origin:  cf  Prov.  anar,  It  andare  Sp  andar.] 
  1.  A  narrow  passage;  especially  a  walk  or  passage  in  a  garden 
  or  park,  bordered  by  rows  of  trees  or  bushes;  a  bordered 
  way 
 
  I  know  each  lane  and  every  alley  green.  --Milton. 
 
  2.  A  narrow  passage  or  way  in  a  city,  as  distinct  from  a 
  public  street.  --Gay. 
 
  3.  A  passageway  between  rows  of  pews  in  a  church. 
 
  4.  (Persp.)  Any  passage  having  the  entrance  represented  as 
  wider  than  the  exit  so  as  to  give  the  appearance  of 
  length. 
 
  5.  The  space  between  two  rows  of  compositors'  stands  in  a 
  printing  office. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Alley  \Al"ley\,  n.;  pl  {Alleys}.  [A  contraction  of  alabaster, 
  of  which  it  was  originally  made.] 
  A  choice  taw  or  marble.  --Dickens. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  alley 
  n  1:  narrow  with  walls  on  both  sides  [syn:  {alleyway},  {back 
  street}] 
  2:  a  lane  down  which  a  bowling  ball  is  rolled  toward  pins  [syn: 
  {bowling  alley},  {skittle  alley}] 




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