path

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

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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 To prevent crowding, arrival times are staggered and the path through the attraction is one-way only. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "Dinosaurs star at Six Flags and Connecticut Science Center, plus other places to find the prehistoric creatures," 13 Apr. 2021 The path of the union bill is hazy as Congress starts to transform Mr. Biden’s outline into legislation. Kate Davidson, WSJ, "Democrats Tie Infrastructure Package to Unionization Push," 11 Apr. 2021 But the same path out for him is one in which the rest of the team can take solace. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "In Orioles’ first week of season, strikeout issues are unprecedented," 10 Apr. 2021 Johnson's path to winning his second Masters won't be easy, though. Sam Lane, USA TODAY, "The Masters: Tee times, TV and streaming for the opening round of the first PGA Tour major of 2021," 8 Apr. 2021 And yet, Dallas County commissioners are raising concerns that the path to herd immunity is about to get harder, despite the new surplus. Dallas News, "Parkland expands COVID vaccines; Some seniors have a shot at getting them at home," 6 Apr. 2021 Although everyone in North America will see a partial solar eclipse, the path of totality is crucial because only within its boundary can onlookers experience totality. Jamie Carter, Forbes, "Great North American Eclipse: How To Experience ‘Totality’ With A Stone Circle, A Skyscraper Or A New ‘Diamond Ring’," 6 Apr. 2021 But for some Illinois buyers, a more immediate path to paying off student loans was too good to pass up. Sarah Freishtat, chicagotribune.com, "Illinois is paying off $25 million in student loans to encourage homeownership, and that’s drawing buyers to the state," 5 Apr. 2021 But the path forward on Capitol Hill for such a massive spending bill is precarious. Allison Pecorin, ABC News, "Biden's infrastructure plan tests Democratic unity in Congress," 2 Apr. 2021

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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 (as German Homöopathie, French homéopathie homeopathy—cf. -pathy).

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The first known use of path was before the 12th century

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16 Apr 2021

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“Path.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/path. Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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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 path (audio) , ˈpaths How to pronounce path (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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