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

The easiest path to a Coastal title and ACC Championship Game berth would be to win the remaining conference games and have the Tar Heels lose two. David Furones, sun-sentinel.com, "Miami Hurricanes seek a welcoming return home against Bethune-Cookman," 13 Sep. 2019 The idea that the only path to CEO is many years of five-day weeks, uninterrupted by other commitments or career breaks, seems to be changing now (Quartz membership exclusive). Cassie Werber, Quartz at Work, "New research shows the career path to CEO is different for women," 12 Sep. 2019 Secretary of State Mike Pompeo evidently continues to believe that there is a path forward for the talks. James Stavridis, The Denver Post, "Guest Commentary: Calling off peace talks was essential, but there’s still a path forward with the Taliban," 10 Sep. 2019 The path to the postseason is clearly there for the Rays. Michael Shapiro, SI.com, "MVP Candidate Ketel Marte Fueling Diamondbacks' September Surge," 10 Sep. 2019 The warning lasted from 6:46 p.m. to 7 p.m. The most populated area in the tornado’s potential path was the small town of Burlington, on Highway 30 west of Portland, Weagle said. Molly Young, oregonlive, "Tornado warning sparked by ‘perfect combination’ of weather conditions west of Portland," 8 Sep. 2019 But without generating revenue from energy production, there wasn’t a clear path forward. Josh Baugh, ExpressNews.com, "GBRA, property owners at impasse over draining of four lakes on Guadalupe," 4 Sep. 2019 North Yungas Road, Bolivia The path from La Paz to Coroico, Bolivia, is a treacherous one: The North Yungas Road weaves precariously through the Amazon rainforest at a height of more than 15,000 feet. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "Creepy Catacombs, Islands of Dolls, and 18 Other Terrifying Places for Thrill Seekers," 4 Sep. 2019 As Hurricane Dorian heads for Florida, millions of people are working together to ensure the safety of residents in the storm's path. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "WATCH: "Storm Trooper Foster Homes" Step In to Save Pets from The Jacksonville Humane Society," 3 Sep. 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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