from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The right to pass over property owned by another party.
  • noun The path or thoroughfare on which such passage is made.
  • noun The strip of land over which facilities such as highways, railroads, or power lines are built.
  • noun The customary or legal right of a person, vehicle, or vessel to take a particular course while others defer.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun uncountable The right to proceed first in traffic.
  • noun countable A legal right of passage over another's land or pathways.
  • noun countable A legal easement granted for the construction of a roadway or railway.
  • noun countable Land on which a right of way exists.
  • noun countable The area modified for passage of a railway; often specifically the railbed and tracks.
  • noun fencing, uncountable The priority granted to the first person to properly execute an attack.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the privilege of someone to pass over land belonging to someone else
  • noun the passage consisting of a path or strip of land over which someone has the legal right to pass
  • noun the right of one vehicle or vessel to take precedence over another


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