Definition of chicane in English:
- During the first lap, we encounter a very narrow chicane that all the drivers confront at high velocity and together as a group.
- The bulge in question is an artificial chicane that highways engineers have placed outside the village cemetery.
- At that point the only way they would condone it would be if Turn 13 was slowed down through the use of some sort of chicane.
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late 17th century (in the senses 'chicanery' and 'use chicanery'): from French chicane (noun), chicaner (verb) 'quibble', of unknown origin.
A chicane describes a sharp double bend forming an obstacle on a motor racing track; it is also an old word for chicanery (late 16th century) ‘trickery’. The origin is the French noun chicane, and verb chicaner ‘quibble’, but earlier details are unknown.
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