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path

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noun \ˈpath, ˈpäth\

Definition of path

plural

paths

play play \ˈpathz, ˈpaths, ˈpäthz, ˈpäths\
  1. 1 :  a trodden way a winding path through the woods

  2. 2 :  a track specially constructed for a particular use a garden path of flagstones

  3. 3a :  course, route the path of a meteorb :  a way of life, conduct, or thought decided on a career path in medicine

  4. 4a :  the continuous series of positions or configurations that can be assumed in any motion or process of change by a moving or varying systemb :  a sequence of arcs in a network that can be traced continuously without retracing any arc

  5. 5 :  pathway 2 the optic path from the retina to the cerebral cortex

Examples of path in a Sentence

  1. We followed a winding path through the woods.

  2. The path led down the hill.

  3. The car skidded into the path of an oncoming truck.

  4. The fire destroyed everything in its path.

  5. The cars moved aside to clear a path for the ambulance.

  6. He tried to leave but one of the guards blocked his path.

  7. They are heading down a dangerous path that could lead to war.

Origin and Etymology of path

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


First Known Use: before 12th century


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path

abbreviation
variants: or

pathol

Definition of path


path-

combining form
variants: or

patho-

Definition of path-

  1. :  pathological state :  disease pathogen

Origin and Etymology of path-

New Latin, from Greek, from pathos, literally, suffering — more at pathos


-path

noun combining form

Definition of -path

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

  2. 2 [International Scientific Vocabulary, from Greek -pathēs, adjective, suffering, from pathos] a :  one suffering from a disorder (of such a part or system) psychopathb :  one perceiving telepath

Origin and Etymology of -path

German, back-formation from -pathie -pathy



PATH Defined for English Language Learners

path

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noun

Definition of path for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

path

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noun \ˈpath, ˈpäth\

Definition of path for Students

plural

paths

\ˈpathz, ˈpäthz\
  1. 1 :  a track made by traveling on foot We followed a path through the woods.

  2. 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. 3 :  a way of life or thought


Medical Dictionary

path

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noun \ˈpath, ˈpȧth\

Medical Definition of path

plural

paths

\ˈpathz, ˈpaths, ˈpȧthz, ˈpȧths\play play
  1. 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

  2. 2:  pathway 1


path

abbreviation

Medical Definition of path

  1. pathological; pathology



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