- a way beaten, formed, or trodden by the feet of persons or animals.
- a narrow walk or way: a path through a garden; a bicycle path.
- a route, course, or track along which something moves: the path of a hurricane.
- a course of action, conduct, or procedure: the path of righteousness.
- Mathematics. a continuous curve that connects two or more points.
- Computers. the sequence of steps that a computer follows in carrying out a routine, as in storing and retrieving a file at a specific location.
- cross one's path, to encounter or meet unexpectedly: Tragedy crossed our path again.
Origin of path
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- variant of patho- before a vowel: pathosis.
- a combining form occurring in personal nouns corresponding to abstract nouns ending in -pathy, with the general sense “one practicing such a treatment” (osteopath) or “one suffering from such an ailment” (psychopath).
Examples from the Web for path
We see detoxing as a path to transcendence, a symbol of modern urban virtue and self-transformation through abstinence.How Taryn Toomey’s ‘The Class’ Became New York’s Latest Fitness Craze
January 9, 2015
The anti-crime cops began searching the likely path of flight.Shot Down During the NYPD Slowdown
January 7, 2015
Rubio has his own troubles with immigration, but people close to him said he still may have a path even with a Bush candidacy.
The other person for whom a path to the nomination, let alone a candidacy, seems much less likely is Mitt Romney.
The path may be there, but current travelers to Sudan face a bureaucratic nightmare of permits and road blocks.Egypt Ain’t The Only Pyramid Show In Town
December 11, 2014
A stream of water, pure as crystal, flowed along the path, from the summit to the base.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
He had entered into the path of dishonesty, and he was forced to keep on in it.Brave and Bold
Miss Milbrey had put herself bravely in the path of Destiny.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
At least they will be my standard of conduct in the path before me.
We are charged with the sacred duty of making their path as smooth and easy as we can.
- a road or way, esp a narrow trodden track
- a surfaced walk, as through a garden
- the course or direction in which something movesthe path of a whirlwind
- a course of conductthe path of virtue
- computing the directions for reaching a particular file or directory, as traced hierarchically through each of the parent directories usually from the root; the file or directoryand all parent directories are separated from one another in the path by slashes
- denoting a person suffering from a specified disease or disorderneuropath
- denoting a practitioner of a particular method of treatmentosteopath
Word Origin and History for path
Old English paþ, pæþ "path, track," from West Germanic *patha- (cf. Old Frisian path, Middle Dutch pat, Dutch pad, Old High German pfad, German Pfad "path"), of unknown origin. The original initial -p- in a Germanic word is an etymological puzzle. Watkins says the word is "probably borrowed (? via Scythian) from Iranian *path-," from PIE root *pent- "to tread, go, pass" (cf. Avestan patha "way;" see find (v.)), but this is too much of a stretch for OED and others. In Scotland and Northern England, commonly a steep ascent of a hill or in a road.
- A practitioner of a specified kind of medical treatment:naturopath.
- One affected by a specified kind of disorder:sociopath.