- 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
Synonyms for path
- relating to television or radio signals that travel by more than one route from a transmitter and arrive at slightly different times, causing ghost images or audio distortion
- 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
Word Origin 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.
see beat a path to someone's door; cross someone's path; lead down the garden path; least resistance, path of; on the warpath.