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right of way1
: 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
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.