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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
The 'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World' actress was inspired by her parents' work ethic
Aubrey Plaza has charted her own path to success — just like her parents.—Sophie Dodd, Peoplemag, 23 Nov. 2023 In Wynne, a separate tornado -- also rated EF3-- cut a path through the heart of the northeast Arkansas town, destroying the high school and pulling up the astroturf from the nearby football field, officials have said.—The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, arkansasonline.com, 23 Nov. 2023 None of this is the same thing as saying a patient with Long COVID will head down such a path, but without question, ongoing inflammation is the subject of close scrutiny by those examining the long tail of SARS-CoV-2.—Carolyn Barber, Fortune, 23 Nov. 2023 Celebrating and honoring talent in its diverse manifestations and cultures has become a crucial stepping stone for carving out new, common paths.—Caterina De Biasio, Vogue, 22 Nov. 2023 House conservatives have expressed optimism that Johnson would forge a better path.—Jacob Bogage, Washington Post, 21 Nov. 2023 Three homes were determined to be directly in the path of the landslide -- two houses on the mountainside and one on the waterside of the highway -- according to the Alaska Department of Public Safety.—Meredith Deliso, ABC News, 21 Nov. 2023 Baron sees his book as being about the path to futurism in journalism, about his and the paper’s rise to the great Bezosian game.—Nathan Heller, The New Yorker, 21 Nov. 2023 And learning to create stuff just for the joy of it is the surest path to a great career.—IEEE Spectrum, 21 Nov. 2023 See More
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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
The agentive meaning of sense 1 is based on loans from German or French (as German Homöopath, French homéopathehomeopath) that appear to be back-formations from abstract nouns ending in -ie (as German Homöopathie, French homéopathiehomeopathy—cf. -pathy).
First Known Use
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1
The first known use of path was
before the 12th century