- the right, established by common or statutory law, of one ship, automobile, etc. to cross in front of another; precedence in moving, as at intersections
- right of passage, as over another's property
- a route that it is lawful to use
- a strip of land used by a railroad for its tracks
- land over which a public road, an electric power line, etc. passes
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right of way
nounpl. rights of way, or right of ways also rights-of-way or right-of-ways
- a. The right to pass over property owned by another party.b. The path or thoroughfare on which such passage is made.
- The strip of land over which facilities such as highways, railroads, or power lines are built.
- The customary or legal right of a person, vehicle, or vessel to take a particular course while others defer.
(countable and uncountable, plural rights of way or right of ways)
- (uncountable) The right to proceed first in traffic.
- (countable) A legal right of passage over another's land or pathways.
- (countable) A legal easement granted for the construction of a roadway or railway.
- (countable) Land on which a right of way exists.
- (countable) The area modified for passage of a railway; often specifically the railbed and tracks.
- (fencing, uncountable) The priority granted to the first person to properly execute an attack.
- The plural "rights of way" can be used for all senses. The alternative plural "right of ways" is generally used only when referring to an easement or a physical stretch of land, and may be regarded as an error.
- Alternative spelling of right of way.
right of way - Computer Definition
The right, established by common or statutory law, of passage over an area of land.A public right of way grants passage to all and essentially is a public easement that allows the construction of roads over it and public utilities (e.g., electrical, gas, telephone, sewer, and water) over and through a narrow strip of land. See also utility.