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

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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 The path from Homs to their new home was not easy, or straight. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "From Syria to West Hartford: Refugee family thriving, growing," 26 Nov. 2020 But the path to sustainability is laden with sacrifice. Star Tribune, "Coastal harm from invading saltwater 'happening right now'," 23 Nov. 2020 The path toward the vaccine being available in the United States is less clear. Benjamin Mueller, New York Times, "AstraZeneca’s Coronavirus Vaccine, Easy and Cheap to Produce, Appears Effective," 23 Nov. 2020 Williamson’s path to the upper echelon of the Timbers squad is reminiscent of the one Jeremy Ebobisse took before securing his own spot. oregonlive, "Inside Eryk Williamson’s breakthrough with Portland Timbers: ‘A change from deep down inside’," 19 Nov. 2020 One path is to continue in imitation of Trump (whatever imitation even means). Peter Spiliakos, National Review, "The GOP’s Post-Trump Tightrope Walk," 18 Nov. 2020 Californians understand that the path of erasure and suppression is fraught with failure. Doris Bittar, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Commentary: Arab Americans must be included in California’s new ethnic studies curriculum," 18 Nov. 2020 The playoff path for Curtis might be a bit longer than usual. Chris Dabe, NOLA.com, "3 quick thoughts on Rummel, Curtis and Shaw after Week 7," 17 Nov. 2020 But the most-straightforward path to money and attention is the most traditional one for ex-presidents: a memoir, much like the one Barack Obama will publish about his first term next week. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Can Book Publishers Afford to Publish Donald Trump?," 13 Nov. 2020

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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, homéopathiehomeopathy—cf. -pathy).

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

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29 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Path.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/path. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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More Definitions for path

path

noun
How to pronounce -path (audio)

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

Medical Definition of path (Entry 2 of 2)

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