alley, alleyway, back street(noun)
a narrow street with walls on both sides
bowling alley, alley, skittle alley(noun)
a lane down which a bowling ball is rolled toward pins
a narrow passage; especially a walk or passage in a garden or park, bordered by rows of trees or bushes; a bordered way
a narrow passage or way in a city, as distinct from a public street
a passageway between rows of pews in a church
any passage having the entrance represented as wider than the exit, so as to give the appearance of length
the space between two rows of compositors' stands in a printing office
a choice taw or marble
Origin: [OE. aley, alley, OF. ale, F. alle, a going, passage, fr. OE. aler, F. aller, to go; of uncertain origin: cf. Prov. anar, It. andare, Sp. andar.]
An alley or alleyway is a narrow lane found in urban areas, often for pedestrians only, which usually runs between or behind buildings. In older cities and towns in Europe, alleys are often what is left of a medieval street network, or a right of way or ancient footpath in an urban setting. In older urban development, alleys were built to allow for deliveries such as coal to the rear of houses. Alleys may be paved, or simply dirt tracks. A blind alley has no outlet at one end and is thus a cul-de-sac. Many modern urban developments do not incorporate alleys, but some may provide a service road to allow for waste collection, or rear access for fire engines and parking. Andrés Duany, American architect and urban planner, has long espoused the use of alleys as leading to a better integration of automobile and foot traffic in a neighborhood.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
al′li, n. a walk in a garden or shrubbery: a passage in a city narrower than a street: a long narrow enclosure for playing at bowls or skittles:—pl. All′eys. [O. Fr. alee (Fr. allée), a passage, from aller, to go, O. Fr. aner, most prob. from L. adnāre, to go to by water, or aditāre, adīre.]
Ally, al′li, n. a name given by boys to a choice taw or large marble. [Contraction of alabaster, of which it was originally made.]
The numerical value of alley in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of alley in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
There's a shot up the alley. Oh, it's just foul.
Having children is like having a bowling alley installed in your brain.
Having a family is like having a bowling alley installed in your brain.
My family was very, very poor, we were living in a shotgun house in an alley – three big brothers, two little sisters.
I love Britain and want to keep talking to them, But when the rhetoric is driving you at 100 miles per hour up a blind alley, you have to realize that you won't be able to turn round at the end of the blind alley.
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- заву́лак, але́яBelarusian
- але́я, паса́жBulgarian
- carreróCatalan, Valencian
- ulička, alejCzech
- caolsráid, scabhatIrish
- vico, alléeInterlingua
- sund, húsasund, öngstrætiIcelandic
- angiportus, vīculusLatin
- doorgang, steegDutch
- allé, stredeNorwegian
- alejka, uliczka, alejaPolish
- ruela, beco, travessaPortuguese
- алле́я, але́йка, переу́лок, у́лочкаRussian
- уличица, sokak, сокак, uličicaSerbo-Croatian
- alej, uličkaSlovak
- geçit, pasaj, dar sokakTurkish
- прову́лок, але́яUkrainian
- lusüt, laelVolapük
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