Definition of path
pathsplay play \ˈpathz, ˈpaths, ˈpäthz, ˈpäths\
1 : a trodden way a winding path through the woods
2 : a track specially constructed for a particular use a garden path of flagstones
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 : pathway 2 the optic path from the retina to the cerebral cortex
Examples of path in a Sentence
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.
Recent Examples of path from the Web
Sheryl Gold, an East Hampton resident, told the New York Times that her home is located on the approach path, so incoming jets just clear her house.
The body was found alongside a walking path underneath foliage and a tree canopy.
The 5K attracted a small but spirited group that ran alongside joggers without bib numbers and bicyclists on the scenic Wicker Park paths.
The direction of a storm’s path makes a big difference in the precipitation each valley and ridge in the region receives.
Now, the Hoover wide receiver is ready to set his own path at the school.
Perry tried to take a safe path through the minefield, promising to explore every alternative to ending the deadlock.
McDonald said later this week marker signs for a 1-mile path will be posted again along the park’s sidewalks to aid participants in reaching their goal.
Gaga, meanwhile, is strutting along a dirt path — because baby, she was born this way.
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Origin and Etymology of path
Middle English, from Old English pæth; akin to Old High German pfad path
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
Definition of path-
: pathological state : disease pathogen
Origin and Etymology of path-
New Latin, from Greek, from pathos, literally, suffering — more at pathos
Definition of -path
1 : practitioner of a (specified) system of medicine that emphasizes one aspect of disease or its treatment naturopath
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
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
Definition of path for Students
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
Medical Definition of path
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