Definition of Alley

1. Noun. A narrow street with walls on both sides.

Exact synonyms: Alleyway, Back Street
Generic synonyms: Street

2. Noun. A lane down which a bowling ball is rolled toward pins.
Exact synonyms: Bowling Alley, Skittle Alley
Group relationships: Bowling Equipment
Generic synonyms: Lane
Terms within: Foul Line

Definition of Alley

1. n. A narrow passage; especially a walk or passage in a garden or park, bordered by rows of trees or bushes; a bordered way.

2. n. A choice taw or marble.

Definition of Alley

1. Noun. A narrow street, especially one through the middle of a block giving access to the rear of lots or buildings. ¹

2. Noun. (baseball) The area between the outfielders, the gap. ¹

3. Noun. (bowling) An establishment where bowling is played; bowling alley. ¹

4. Noun. (tennis) The area between the tramlines on a tennis court. ¹

5. Noun. A glass marble or taw. ¹

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Definition of Alley

1. a narrow passageway [n -LEYS]

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Literary usage of Alley

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1. The Book of Humorous Verse by Carolyn Wells (1920)
"SALLY IN OUR alley OF all the girls that are so smart, There's none like Pretty Sally; She is the darling of my heart, And lives in our alley. ..."

2. Supreme Court Reporter by Robert Desty, United States Supreme Court, West Publishing Company (1907)
"ing an alley in the city of Washington upon the property lying within the square through which such elley rune must be limited to benefits, where the jury ..."

3. The Harvard Classics by Charles William Eliot (1910)
"277 SALLY IN OUR alley OF all the girls that are so smart There's none like pretty Sally; She is the darling of my heart, And she lives in our alley. ..."

4. The Shakespeare Garden by ESTHER. SINGLETON (1922)
"The yew alley was evidently a pleached alley. XIV The Pleached alley The "Pleached alley ... We can make a pleached alley to-day by setting up a pergola and ..."

5. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1888)
"... which provides: "If it be necessary, in the location of any part of a railroad, to occupy any public road, street, alley, way, or ground of any kind, ..."

6. The American State Reports: Containing the Cases of General Value and by Abraham Clark Freeman (1909)
"A conveyance of part of a lot with a private right of way over the grantor's land to an adjoining alley contains an implied covenant as to the existence of ..."

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