right-of-way

right of way

noun, plural rights of way, right of ways.
1.
a common law or statutory right granted to a vehicle, as an airplane or boat, to proceed ahead of another.
2.
a path or route that may lawfully be used.
3.
a right of passage, as over another's land.
4.
the strip of land acquired for use by a railroad for tracks.
5.
land covered by a public road.
6.
land over which a power line passes.
7.
Fencing. the right to attack or continue an attack, and thus to be credited with a hit, by virtue of having first extended the sword arm or having parried the opponent's attack.
Also, right-of-way.


Origin:
1760–70

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right of way
 
n , pl rights of way
1.  the right of one vehicle or vessel to take precedence over another, as laid down by law or custom
2.  a.  the legal right of someone to pass over another's land, acquired by grant or by long usage
 b.  the path or road used by this right
3.  (US) the strip of land over which a power line, railway line, road, etc, extends

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