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path

[path, pahth]
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noun, plural paths [pathz, pahthz, paths, pahths] /pæðz, pɑðz, pæθs, pɑθs/.
  1. a way beaten, formed, or trodden by the feet of persons or animals.
  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.
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Idioms
  1. cross one's path, to encounter or meet unexpectedly: Tragedy crossed our path again.
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Origin of path

before 900; Middle English; Old English pæth; cognate with German Pfad
Related formsmul·ti·path, nounout·path, noun

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1. footpath, pathway. 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.

path-

  1. variant of patho- before a vowel: pathosis.
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-path

  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 suffering from such an ailment” (psychopath).
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Related Words

roadwayaislelaneproceduretrackrouteraildirectionpassagetrailstreethighwaylineavenueroadwalkwaypathwayrutboulevardthoroughfare

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British Dictionary definitions for path

path

noun plural paths (pɑːðz)
  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 movesthe path of a whirlwind
  4. a course of conductthe 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
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Derived Formspathless, adjective

Word Origin

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

path.

abbreviation for
  1. pathological
  2. pathology
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-path

n combining form
  1. denoting a person suffering from a specified disease or disorderneuropath
  2. denoting a practitioner of a particular method of treatmentosteopath
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Word Origin

back formation from -pathy
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Word Origin and History for path

n.

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.

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-path

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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

path in Medicine

-path

suff.
  1. A practitioner of a specified kind of medical treatment:naturopath.
  2. One affected by a specified kind of disorder:sociopath.
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Idioms and Phrases with path

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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