Meaning of right of way
right' of way'
— pl. rights of way, right of ways.
- a common law or statutory right granted to a vehicle, as an airplane or boat, to proceed ahead of another.
- a path or route that may lawfully be used.
- a right of passage, as over another's land.
- the strip of land acquired for use by a railroad for tracks.
- land covered by a public road.
- land over which a power line passes.
- 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.