cross one's path, to encounter or meet unexpectedly: Tragedy crossed our path again.
Origin of path
First recorded before 900; Middle English; Old English pæth; cognate with German Pfad
synonym study for path
1. 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.
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).
the course or direction in which something movesthe path of a whirlwind
a course of conductthe path of virtue
computingthe 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
Derived forms of path
Word Origin for path
Old English pæth; related to Old High German, German Pfad
British Dictionary definitions for path (2 of 3)
n combining form
denoting a person suffering from a specified disease or disorderneuropath
denoting a practitioner of a particular method of treatmentosteopath