path

noun
\ ˈpath How to pronounce path (audio) , ˈpäth\
plural paths\ ˈpat͟hz How to pronounce paths (audio) , ˈpaths , ˈpät͟hz , ˈpäths How to pronounce paths (audio) \

Definition of path

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a trodden way a winding path through the woods
2 : a track specially constructed for a particular use a garden path of flagstones
3a : course, route the path of a meteor
b : a way of life, conduct, or thought decided on a career path in medicine
4a : 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 sense 2 the optic path from the retina to the cerebral cortex
variants: or pathol

Definition of path (Entry 2 of 3)

Definition of -path (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : practitioner of a (specified) system of medicine that emphasizes one aspect of disease or its treatment naturopath

2

a : one suffering from a disorder (of such a part or system) psychopath
b : one perceiving telepath

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Synonyms for path

Synonyms: Noun

course, line, pathway, route, routeway [chiefly British], steps, track, way

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Examples of path in a Sentence

Noun

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

As of now, SpaceX is offering rides out of California to a type of orbit known as Sun-synchronous orbit — a low path above Earth that syncs with the timing of the Sun. Loren Grush, The Verge, "SpaceX will now offer rocket rideshares tailored solely to small satellites," 5 Aug. 2019 Previous films saw the headbangers crossing paths with everyone from Billy the Kid, Socrates, Joan of Arch, and even the Grim Reaper. Ale Russian, PEOPLE.com, "Keanu Reeves Is Unrecognizable in Bizarre Look for New Bill & Ted Movie," 3 Aug. 2019 Install the antenna near the house service ground wire to create as short a path as possible. Ron Hurtibise, sun-sentinel.com, "Getting an outdoor antenna to pull in blacked-out CBS? You could create a fire hazard.," 2 Aug. 2019 But soon the class crosses paths with a zombie eating a pig. Katherine Schaffstall, The Hollywood Reporter, "Lupita Nyong'o Fights Zombies to Protect Students in 'Little Monsters' Trailer," 31 July 2019 Destiny's Child, TLC, and the Spice Girls included—and the solo female acts who forged a path in their field: from bubblegum pop greats to powerhouse experimental and R&B acts like Björk and Lauryn Hill. Lori Keong, Marie Claire, "50 Quintessential '90s Songs That Will Give You Major Nostalgia," 26 July 2019 Kiwi rich list Watson, 60, took a winding path to Long Island Iced Tea, and he has been involved in a range of industries over the years. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, "The FBI thinks Long Island Iced Tea’s infamous pivot to blockchain was sweetened by insider trading," 25 July 2019 The title character of Esi Edugyan’s masterful Washington Black begins his journey in Caribbean slavery and then travels a path through several continents and scientific discoveries. Alison Fields, Longreads, "On, In, or Near the Sea: A Book List," 25 July 2019 The aviatrix forged a new path for women, thanks to a series of record-breaking moments throughout her short life. Megan Stein, Country Living, "What Really Happened to Amelia Earhart?," 23 July 2019

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First Known Use of path

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for path

Noun

Middle English, from Old English pæth; akin to Old High German pfad path

Noun combining form

borrowed from Greek -pathēs "experiencing, undergoing or suffering (as designated by the initial element)," adjectival derivative from páthos "experience, misfortune, emotion" — more at pathos

Note: The agentive meaning of sense 1 is based on loans from German or French (as German Homöopath, French homéopathe homeopath) that appear to be back-formations from abstract nouns ending in -ie (Homöopathie, homéopathie homeopathy—cf. -pathy).

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Dictionary Entries near path

patesi

pâte-sur-pâte

patetico

path

-path

Pathan

pat hand

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path

noun

English Language Learners 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

path

noun
\ ˈpath How to pronounce path (audio) , ˈpäth\
plural paths\ ˈpat͟hz , ˈpät͟hz \

Kids Definition of path

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

path

noun
\ ˈpath, ˈpȧth How to pronounce path (audio) \
plural paths\ ˈpat͟hz How to pronounce paths (audio) , ˈpaths How to pronounce paths (audio) , ˈpȧt͟hz , ˈpȧths \

Medical Definition of path

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the way or route traversed by something the sweat glands are the chief paths by which water reaches the surface of the skin— Morris Fishbein

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