Meaning of free throw lane

free' throw' lane"

Pronunciation: [key]
— Basketball. Basketball.
  1. the rectangular area, 19 ft. (5.7 m) long and usually 12 or 16 ft. (3.6 m or 4.8 m) wide, extending from the end line behind each backboard to the foul line and along the sides of which players line up during a foul shot.
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