noun \ˈpath, ˈpäth\

: a track that is made by people or animals walking over the ground

: a track that is specially made for people to walk or ride on

: the area in front of someone or something that is moving

plural paths \ˈpathz, ˈpaths, ˈthz, ˈpäths\

Full Definition of PATH

:  a trodden way
:  a track specially constructed for a particular use
a :  course, route
b :  a way of life, conduct, or thought
a :  the continuous series of positions or configurations that can be assumed in any motion or process of change by a moving or varying system
b :  a sequence of arcs in a network that can be traced continuously without retracing any arc
:  pathway 2

Examples of PATH

  1. We followed a winding path through the woods.
  2. The path led down the hill.
  3. The car skidded into the path of an oncoming truck.
  4. The fire destroyed everything in its path.
  5. The cars moved aside to clear a path for the ambulance.
  6. He tried to leave but one of the guards blocked his path.
  7. They are heading down a dangerous path that could lead to war.

Origin of PATH

Middle English, from Old English pæth; akin to Old High German pfad path
First Known Use: before 12th century

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Rhymes with PATH



Definition of PATH

Variants of PATH

path or pathol
PATH Defined for Kids


noun \ˈpath, ˈpäth\
plural paths \ˈpathz, ˈthz\

Definition of PATH for Kids

:  a track made by traveling on foot <We followed a path through the woods.>
:  the way or track in which something moves or in which something will be encountered <“Push the log in the path of the saw!” — Lemony Snicket, The Miserable Mill>
:  a way of life or thought
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