- 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
Word Origin and History for multipath
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.
Idioms and Phrases with multipath
see beat a path to someone's door; cross someone's path; lead down the garden path; least resistance, path of; on the warpath.