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[ path, pahth ]


, plural paths [pa, th, z, pah, th, z, paths, pahths].
  1. a way beaten, formed, or trodden by the feet of persons or animals.

    Synonyms: pathway, footpath

  2. a narrow walk or way:

    a path through a garden; a bicycle path.

  3. a route, course, or track along which something moves:

    the path of a hurricane.

  4. a course of action, conduct, or procedure:

    the path of righteousness.

  5. Mathematics. a continuous curve that connects two or more points.
  6. 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.


  1. variant of patho- before a vowel:



  1. 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 having such an ailment” ( psychopath ).



abbreviation for

  1. pathological.
  2. pathology.



/ pæθ /

abbreviation for

  1. pathological
  2. pathology



/ pɑːθ /


  1. a road or way, esp a narrow trodden track
  2. a surfaced walk, as through a garden
  3. the course or direction in which something moves

    the path of a whirlwind

  4. a course of conduct

    the path of virtue

  5. 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



combining form

  1. denoting a person suffering from a specified disease or disorder


  2. denoting a practitioner of a particular method of treatment


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Derived Forms

  • ˈpathless, adjective

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Other Words From

  • multi·path noun
  • outpath noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of path1

First recorded before 900; Middle English; Old English pæth; cognate with German Pfad

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Word History and Origins

Origin of path1

Old English pæth; related to Old High German, German Pfad

Origin of path2

back formation from -pathy

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Idioms and Phrases

  1. cross one's path, to encounter or meet unexpectedly:

    Tragedy crossed our path again.

More idioms and phrases containing path

see beat a path to someone's door ; cross someone's path ; lead down the garden path ; least resistance, path of ; on the warpath .

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Synonym Study

Path, lane, trail are passages or routes not as wide as a way or road. A path is a way for passing on foot; a track, beaten by feet, not specially constructed, is often along the side of a road: a path through a field. A lane is a narrow road or track, generally between fields, often enclosed with fences or trees; sometimes it is an alley or narrow road between buildings in towns: a lane leading to a farmhouse; Drury Lane. A trail is a rough way made or worn through woods, or across mountains, prairies, or other untraveled regions: an Indian trail.

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Example Sentences

Geologically speaking, we are still standing at the base of this horizon—different paths stretching out in front of us.

Compressing consumers’ path-to-purchase is the holy grail of advertising and marketing.

From Digiday

Hong and his colleagues were trying to figure out whether all urban areas follow the same path as they grow, a concept they borrowed from biology.

From Quartz

The riding is similar to Moab, but with more variety, from slickrock paths to high-alpine singletrack.

That would really put us as a country, across the board, on a better path.

From Vox

We see detoxing as a path to transcendence, a symbol of modern urban virtue and self-transformation through abstinence.

The anti-crime cops began searching the likely path of flight.

Senhor José remains stationary, but this lengthy series of clauses propels the reader along an unmarked path.

The flight path remained close to the Indonesian archipelago, well within what is the normal reach of air traffic control radar.

My trip takes the reverse path, and I begin by assessing the depth of my Shakespeare knowledge in his birthplace.

"But I can't stop to argue about it now;" and, saying this, he turned into a side path, and disappeared in the wood.

I presume this path does not extend many miles without meeting impediments.

She had been walking alone with her arms hanging limp, letting her white skirts trail along the dewy path.

Suddenly his quick eye lit on something in the gravel path and his heart gave a great leap.

Squinty went this way and that through the woods, but he could not find the path that led to his pen.


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More About Path

What is a basic definition of path?​

A path is a way formed by people or animals, a narrow track, or a route that something takes. Path has a few other senses as a noun.

A path is an improvised trail that has been created by people or animals repeatedly following it. A path through the woods, for example, may simply be ground worn down to packed dirt. Paths like these are not planned but often result from many people or animals taking the same way through a place and moving any debris or objects, such as rocks, that may have once been in the way.

  • Real-life examples: Hikers often navigate paths through forests and mountainous areas. It is wise to avoid paths that appear to have been made by dangerous animals, like wolves or bears.
  • Used in a sentence: We followed a dirt path through the woods. 

The word path is also used to refer to narrow walkways or tracks created intentionally. These kinds of paths are usually created for a specific purpose, such as a garden path or a bicycle path.

  • Used in a sentence: She walked up the cobblestone path to her uncle’s house. 

Path can also mean a route or course that something takes. This sense is used both literally to mean actual walking or moving and figuratively to mean a way of life or course of action.

  • Real-life examples: Meteorologists track the paths of hurricanes, tornados, and thunderstorms. A runaway train is likely to destroy everything in its path. Students pursue many different career paths after finishing their studies.
  • Used in a sentence: I made sure to be far away from the path of the angry bull. 

Where does path come from?

The first records of the word path come from before the 900s. It ultimately comes from the Old English pæth and is related to the German Pfad.

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Path is a common word that means literal or figurative routes that things take.

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A city that is in the path of a tornado is far away from where the tornado will go.

Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

Idioms from The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.




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