noun, plural paths [pathz, pahthz, paths, pahths] /pæðz, pɑðz, pæθs, pɑθs/.
- paternity suit,
- paternity test,
- paterson's curse,
Origin of path
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|Lizzie Crocker|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The anti-crime cops began searching the likely path of flight.
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.
Courtlandt continued toward the exit, his head forward, his gaze bent on the path.The Place of Honeymoons|Harold MacGrath
But when they rose Michael signed to his cousin to go on, and planted himself firmly in the path to the door.Michael|E. F. Benson
If he had the misfortune to cross their path, it brought him a world of woe, and finally his downfall.The Philippine Islands|John Foreman
But not upon the path, nor upon the solid surface of these Bermuda rocks!The White Invaders|Raymond King Cummings
I am glad at least that I have removed that dreadful woman out of your path, said Lady Frances.A Very Naughty Girl|L. T. Meade
noun plural paths (pɑːðz)
Word Origin for path
n combining form
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.
word-forming element used in modern formations to mean "one suffering from" (a disease or condition), from Greek -pathes, from pathos "suffering" (see pathos). Also "one versed in" (a certain type of treatment), in which cases it is a back-formation from -pathy in the related sense.
see beat a path to someone's door; cross someone's path; lead down the garden path; least resistance, path of; on the warpath.