• WordNet 3.6
    • n alley a narrow street with walls on both sides
    • n alley a lane down which a bowling ball is rolled toward pins
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Seven thousand years ago, the ancient Egyptians bowled on alleys similar to the ones in use today.
    • n Alley A choice taw or marble.
    • Alley A narrow passage or way in a city, as distinct from a public street.
    • Alley 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."
    • Alley A passageway between rows of pews in a church.
    • Alley (Persp) Any passage having the entrance represented as wider than the exit, so as to give the appearance of length.
    • Alley The space between two rows of compositors' stands in a printing office.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n alley A passage; especially, a narrow passage. A passage in a building, giving access from one part to another; also sometimes used for aisle. A long, narrow inclosure with a smooth wooden floor for playing at bowls, skittles, etc. A walk, inclosed with hedges or shrubbery, in a garden: as, “yonder alleys green,” Milton, P. L., iv. 626.
    • n alley 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.
    • n alley A choice taw or large playing-marble. Also spelled ally.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Alley al′li 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
    • n Alley al′li a name given by boys to a choice taw or large marble.
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  • Don Marquis
    “Persian pussy from over the sea demure and lazy and smug and fat none of your ribbons and bells for me ours is the zest of the alley cat”
  • Martin Mull
    Martin Mull
    “Having a family is like having a bowling alley installed in your brain.”
  • Marston Bates
    Marston Bates
    “Research is the process of going up alleys to see if they are blind.”


Right up my alley - If something is right up your alley, it suits you perfectly.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. aley, alley, OF. alée, F. allée, a going, passage, fr. OE. aler, F. aller, to go; of uncertain origin: cf. Prov. anar, It. andare, Sp. andar,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Contraction of alabaster, of which it was originally made.


In literature:

The streets were narrow, and alleys, courts and by-paths abounded in every direction.
"In Doublet and Hose" by Lucy Foster Madison
Here, come up this alley, and I'll tell you what I mean.
"A Budget of Christmas Tales by Charles Dickens and Others" by Various
From his window the chief looked down the narrow passageway to the bottom of the alley, and the alley looked back at him, nothing daunted.
"The Battle with the Slum" by Jacob A. Riis
A young woman suddenly appeared from the door of a hovel that stood half-way down an alley just across the way.
"'Lizbeth of the Dale" by Marian Keith
They were in the alley outside the stage door.
"What's-His-Name" by George Barr McCutcheon
Looking at the end of the alley, Daoud saw figures silhouetted by the moonlight.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
They were hanging around the entrance to the alley as if waiting for some mischief to turn up.
"Ralph on the Overland Express" by Allen Chapman
Side Street, even Alley, kids they look to be.
"Divided Skates" by Evelyn Raymond
Minion was nursing a stubbornly warm bearing in the port shaft alley.
"Peter the Brazen" by George F. Worts
He leaned far out the window and looked down into a maze of back alleys.
"Smugglers' Reef" by John Blaine

In poetry:

A horse collapses in the middle of an alley
Leaves fall on him
Our love trembles
And the sun too.
"Autumn" by Jacques Prevert
"Alas, the stony alleys,
And noises loud and bold!
Where are ye, birds of summer?
Where are ye, woods of old?
"A Tree In The Ghetto" by Morris Rosenfeld
O, the garden I remember,
In the gay and sunny spring,
When our laughter made the thickets
And the arching alleys ring!
"The Buried Flower" by William Edmondstoune Aytoun
I want to go in the back yard now
And maybe down the alley,
To where the charity children play.
I want a good time today.
"a song in the front yard" by Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks
Unnoticed, he contrived to glide
Adown a greenwood alley,
By lilies lured — that grew beside
A streamlet in the valley;
"The Child and the Hind" by Thomas Campbell
Then listen to the ceaseless din
Of hammer, saw, and crane ;
And traffic passing out and in,
From alley, street, and lane.
"A Town" by Jane Taylor

In news:

Editor's Column: Don't Let Telesis Be Alley- Oop for MBL Opposition.
JaVale McGee misses alley- oop , runs into Brendan Haywood falls over.
John Wall's bounce-pass alley- oop from Sam Cassell.
How 'Alley Oop ' became a staple in sports lexicon.
Some of the comic strips and comic books that have been donated to the Oklahoma Cartoonists Collection by Dr Suter include Alley Oop (above), Dick Tracy and Broom Hilda (below).
First on the list was reducing the number of Portland Trail Blazers alley- oops , which stood at six in Game, five to LaMarcus Aldridge.
Missouri's Phil Pressey explains the alley- oop .
COLUMBIA — For Missouri freshman guard Phil Pressey, setting up an alley- oop has become second nature.
Check Out UTEP Freshman Chris Washburn's Alley- Oop Slam as Miners Bury Oral Roberts.
Gerald Green's Amazing Alley- Oop Dunk.
Lost alleys, found: After decades of overgrowth , Snoqualmie survey is reclaiming access pathways.
Once an alley, this strip of land off Snoqualmie's Silva Avenue may become a connector again.
In this vein, Bill Baer of Crashburn Alley has a piece on not overreacting to early season sample sizes.
Retired Sikeston Department of Public Safety Office Jerry Alley, known by many as " Pappy ," speaks during his retirement ceremony.
Passer-by finds nude body behind alley at Steves, South New Braunfels.

In science:

Unfortunately, the astrophysical community is still very far from Caput mundi, and has entered into a blind alley .
No motions of bodies produce GW's
Alley, “New type of EinsteinPodolsky-Rosen-Bohm experiment using pairs of light quanta produced by optical parametric down conversion,” Phys.
Narrow-Band Biphoton Generation near Atomic Resonance
In addition to that, also in we presented what we believe an original proposal on how to overcome the “detection theory problem” in the Wigner-PDC framework , that allegedly rendered such approach to a dead-end alley.
QM, non-locality and the vacuum fluctuations: conclusions and new directions
Alley, “New Type of Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen-Bohm Experiment Using Pairs of Light Quanta Produced by Optical Parametric Down Conversion,” Phys.
All-Optical Quantum Random Bit Generation from Intrinsically Binary Phase of Parametric Oscillators
Let us think of the Figure 10 as of an alley with trees growing on both sides.
Random Matrices and Random Permutations