Alleys
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. [1913 Webster]

I know each lane and every alley green. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. A narrow passage or way in a city, as distinct from a public street. --Gay. [1913 Webster]

3. A passageway between rows of pews in a church. [1913 Webster]

4. (Persp.) Any passage having the entrance represented as wider than the exit, so as to give the appearance of length. [1913 Webster]

5. The space between two rows of compositors' stands in a printing office. [1913 Webster]


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