rule of the road

rule of the road
Date: 1871 a customary practice (as driving always on a particular side of the road or yielding the right of way) developed in the interest of safety and often subsequently reinforced by law; especially any of the rules making up a code governing ships in matters relating to mutual safety

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Rule of the road — Rule Rule, n. [OE. reule, riule, OF. riule, reule, F. r[ e]gle, fr. L. regula a ruler, rule, model, fr. regere, rectum, to lead straight, to direct. See {Right}, a., and cf. {Regular}.] 1. That which is prescribed or laid down as a guide for… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Rule of the road — may refer to: *Right and left hand traffic, regulations requiring all vehicular traffic to keep either to the left or the right side of the road * Traffic code (also motor vehicle code), the collection of local statutes, regulations, ordinances… …   Wikipedia

  • rule of the road — 1. : any of the various regulations imposed upon travelers by land or water for their mutual convenience or safety 2. : any of the rules making up a code governing ships as to the lights to be carried, the signals to be made, and the action of… …   Useful english dictionary

  • rule of the road — noun a) The regulation requiring all traffic (travelling on a road or otherwise) to keep either to the left or the right. The general rule of the road for steamers is precisely the same as the general rule of the pavement for foot passengers in… …   Wiktionary

  • rule of the road — a custom or law regulating the direction in which two vehicles should move to pass one another on meeting to avoid collision. → rule …   English new terms dictionary

  • rule of the road — Naut. any of the regulations concerning the safe handling of vessels under way with respect to one another, imposed by a government on ships in its own waters or upon its own ships on the high seas. [1870 75] * * * …   Universalium

  • rule of the road — noun a code or custom regulating movement of ships, vehicles, etc., for their mutual convenience and safety …   Australian English dictionary

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