Simple Definition of path
: 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
Full Definition of pathplural
pathsplay \ˈpathz, ˈpaths, ˈpäthz, ˈpäths\
1 : a trodden way
2 : a track specially constructed for a particular use
4 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
5 : pathway 2
Examples of path in a sentence
We followed a winding path through the woods.
The path led down the hill.
The car skidded into the path of an oncoming truck.
The fire destroyed everything in its path.
The cars moved aside to clear a path for the ambulance.
He tried to leave but one of the guards blocked his path.
They are heading down a dangerous path that could lead to war.
Origin and Etymology of path
Middle English, from Old English pæth; akin to Old High German pfad path
First Known Use: before 12th century
Definition of path-
: pathological state : disease <pathogen>
Variants of path-
Origin and Etymology of path-
New Latin, from Greek, from pathos, literally, suffering — more at pathos
Definition of -path
1 : practitioner of a (specified) system of medicine that emphasizes one aspect of disease or its treatment <naturopath>
2 [International Scientific Vocabulary, from Greek -pathēs, adjective, suffering, from pathos] a : one suffering from a disorder (of such a part or system) <psychopath> b : one perceiving <telepath>
Origin and Etymology of -path
German, back-formation from -pathie -pathy
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Definition of path for Students
1 : a track made by traveling on foot <We followed a path through the woods.>
2 : 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>
3 : a way of life or thought
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