1the legal right, established by usage or grant, to pass along a specific route through grounds or property belonging to another:they found their right of way barred by locked gates
[count noun] a path or thoroughfare subject to right of way:his new permissive path is not a public right of way
2the legal right of a pedestrian, vehicle, or ship to proceed with precedence over others in a particular situation or place:he waves on other drivers, even when it’s not their right of way [as modifier]:an infraction of the basic right-of-way rule on the first leg of the race
3North American the right to build and operate a railway line, road, or utility on land belonging to another.
[count noun] the land on which a railway line, road, or utility is built:the government has continued to evade the upgrading of rights of way, tracks, and signalling