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[toh-path, -pahth] /ˈtoʊˌpæθ, -ˌpɑθ/
noun, plural towpaths
[toh-path z, -pahth z, -paths, -pahths] /ˈtoʊˌpæðz, -ˌpɑðz, -ˌpæθs, -ˌpɑθs/ (Show IPA)
a path along the bank of a canal or river, for use in towing boats.
Origin of towpath
1780-90, Americanism; tow1 + path Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for towpath
  • For a list of towpath conditions and closures click here.
  • The towpath remains open, where the nest can be easily viewed.
  • Hikers and bikers must yield the right of way to horses on the towpath.
  • Please observe the posted signs along the towpath to avoid entering the closed area.
British Dictionary definitions for towpath


a path beside a canal or river, used by people or animals towing boats Also called towing path
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