path

noun
\ ˈpath How to pronounce path (audio) , ˈpäth \
plural paths\ ˈpat͟hz How to pronounce path (audio) , ˈpaths , ˈpät͟hz , ˈpäths How to pronounce path (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 Everett’s path to this new job with the Blazers began with a conversation with friend Dan Anderson, who lives in Seaside, where Everett owns a home. oregonlive, 12 Oct. 2021 In other words, this is a hugely complex market, with no one clear path to victory. Brad Templeton, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2021 Landale had tracked Mills’ career with the Spurs intently and saw value in following the same path from Australia to San Antonio. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, 10 Oct. 2021 However, Ohio State has only one path to the playoff — win out. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 10 Oct. 2021 Considering the Giants are the only team in baseball who won more games than the Dodgers, knocking them off in the division series could clear the way for a possible path to back-to-back World Series titles. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, 10 Oct. 2021 The path to a GOP House majority may run through the Hawkeye State, where three of the state’s four representatives are Republicans. Fox News, 9 Oct. 2021 De La Salle’s path to yet another CIF Open Bowl will likely be dependent on whether an undefeated team comes out of the Central Coast Section. Chace Bryson, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 Oct. 2021 Joe's path to the safe house began in his hometown, several hours drive from the capital. David Mckenzie And Nimi Princewill, CNN, 8 Oct. 2021

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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 (as German Homöopathie, French homéopathie homeopathy—cf. -pathy).

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

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13 Oct 2021

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“Path.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/path. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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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 path (audio) , ˈpaths How to pronounce path (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

path

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Medical Definition of path (Entry 2 of 2)

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