[path, pahth]
noun, plural paths [pathz, pahthz, paths, pahths] .
a way beaten, formed, or trodden by the feet of persons or animals.
a narrow walk or way: a path through a garden; a bicycle path.
a route, course, or track along which something moves: the path of a hurricane.
a course of action, conduct, or procedure: the path of righteousness.
Mathematics. a continuous curve that connects two or more points.
Computers. the sequence of steps that a computer follows in carrying out a routine, as in storing and retrieving a file at a specific location.
cross one's path, to encounter or meet unexpectedly: Tragedy crossed our path again.

before 900; Middle English; Old English pæth; cognate with German Pfad

multipath, noun
outpath, noun

1. footpath, pathway. Path lane trail are passages or routes not as wide as a way or road. A path is a way for passing on foot; a track, beaten by feet, not specially constructed, is often along the side of a road: a path through a field. A lane is a narrow road or track, generally between fields, often enclosed with fences or trees; sometimes it is an alley or narrow road between buildings in towns: a lane leading to a farmhouse; Drury Lane. A trail is a rough way made or worn through woods, or across mountains, prairies, or other untraveled regions: an Indian trail. Unabridged


variant of patho- before a vowel: pathosis.


a combining form occurring in personal nouns corresponding to abstract nouns ending in -pathy, with the general sense “one practicing such a treatment” (osteopath ) or “one suffering from such an ailment” (psychopath ).

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path (pɑːθ)
n , pl paths
1.  a road or way, esp a narrow trodden track
2.  a surfaced walk, as through a garden
3.  the course or direction in which something moves: the path of a whirlwind
4.  a course of conduct: the path of virtue
5.  computing the directions for reaching a particular file or directory, as traced hierarchically through each of the parent directories usually from the root; the file or directoryand all parent directories are separated from one another in the path by slashes
[Old English pæth; related to Old High German, German Pfad]

path. (pæθ)
abbreviation for
1.  pathological
2.  pathology

n combining form
1.  denoting a person suffering from a specified disease or disorder: neuropath
2.  denoting a practitioner of a particular method of treatment: osteopath
[back formation from -pathy]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. paþ, pæþ, from W.Gmc. *patha- (cf. O.Fris. path, M.Du. pat, Du. pad, O.H.G. pfad, Ger. Pfad "path"), of unknown origin. In Scotland and Northern England, commonly a steep ascent of a hill or in a road.

suffix used in modern formations to mean "one suffering from" (a disease or condition), also "one versed in" (a certain type of treatment), from Gk. -pathes, from pathos "suffering" (see pathos).
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Medical Dictionary

-path suff.

  1. A practitioner of a specified kind of medical treatment: naturopath.

  2. One affected by a specified kind of disorder: sociopath.

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Computing Dictionary

path definition

1. A bang path or explicitly routed Internet address; a node-by-node specification of a link between two machines.
2. pathname.
3. The list of directories the kernel (under Unix) or the command interpreter (under MS-DOS) searches for executables. It is stored as part of the environment in both operating systems.
Other, similar constructs abound under Unix; the C preprocessor, for example, uses such a search path to locate "#include" files.
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
Program for Appropriate Technology in Health
  1. pathological

  2. pathology

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Idioms & Phrases


see beat a path to someone's door; cross someone's path; lead down the garden path; least resistance, path of; on the warpath.

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Example sentences
Ask the department head about the opportunities for research support and about
  the path to tenure.
The stakes are high, and the path forward is uncertain.
But throughout the period, the planet has wobbled on its path around the sun.
Basically, the eye moves when something crosses the path of vision.
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