from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The right to pass over property owned by another party.
  • n. The path or thoroughfare on which such passage is made.
  • n. The strip of land over which facilities such as highways, railroads, or power lines are built.
  • n. The customary or legal right of a person, vessel, or vehicle to pass in front of another.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a right of private passage over another's ground. It may arise either by grant or prescription. It may be attached to a house, entry, gate, well, or city lot, as well as to a country farm.

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

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


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