Right of way

1  : an easement or servitude over another's land conferring a right of passage
2 a  : the area over which a right of way exists
b  : the strip of land over which is built a public road
c  : the land occupied by a railroad esp. for its main line
d  : the land used by a public utility (as for a transmission line)
3 a  : a precedence in passing accorded to one vehicle over another by custom, decision, or statute
b  : the right of traffic to take precedence

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