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Meaning of path by Wiktionary Dictionary



    Old English pæþ, from Proto-Germanic *paþaz ( cf. West Frisian paad, Dutch pad, German Pfad ), from Scytho-Sarmatian ( compare Avestan pɑntɑ, gen. pɑθɑ 'way', Old Persian pɑthi- ), from Proto-Indo-European *pent- ( compare English find ). More at find .


    • ( US ) IPA: /pæθ/
    • ( UK ) IPA: /pɑːθ/, /pæθ/
    • Rhymes: -ɑːθ


    path ( plural: paths )

    1. ( concrete ):
      1. a trail for the use of, or worn by, pedestrians .
      2. a course taken .
      3. ( paganism ) A Pagan tradition, for example witchcraft, Wicca, druidism, Heathenry .
    2. ( abstract )
      1. a metaphorical course .
      2. a method or direction of proceeding .
      3. ( graph theory ) a sequence of vertices from one vertex to another using the arcs ( edges ). A path does not visit the same vertex more than once ( unless it is a closed path, where only the first and the last vertex are the same ) .
      4. ( topology ) a continuous map f from the unit interval I = [0,1] to a topological space X .


    See also

    • Oxford English Dictionary, ( DRAFT REVISION June 2005 )



    By Wiktionary ( 2012/06/13 00:40 UTC Version )


    From Ancient Greek πάθος ( pathos, “suffering” ) .



    1. Used to form nouns indicating someone with a particular disorder
    2. Used to form nouns indicating someone with a particular capability, as a type of remedial treatment

    Related terms

    • -pathic
    • -pathy

    Derived terms

Explanation of path by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. a course of conduct

    2. the path of virtue
      our paths in life led us apart
      genius usually follows a revolutionary path
    3. a way especially designed for a particular use

    4. an established line of travel or access

    5. a line or route along which something travels or moves

    6. the hurricane demolished houses in its path

    Definition of path by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. path ( pȧth ), n.; pl. paths ( pȧthz ). [AS. pæð, pað; akin to D. pad, G. pfad, of uncertain origin; cf. Gr. πάτος, Skr. patha, path. √21.]
      1. A trodden way; a footway.

      The dewy paths of meadows we will tread. Dryden.

      2. A way, course, or track, in which anything moves or has moved; route; passage; an established way; as, “the path of a meteor, of a caravan, of a storm, of a pestilence”. Also used figuratively, of a course of life or action.

      All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth. Ps. xxv. 10.

      The paths of glory lead but to the grave. Gray.

    2. Path ( pȧth ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pathed ( pȧthd ); p. pr. & vb. n. Pathing.] To make a path in, or on ( something ), or for ( some one ). [R.] “Pathing young Henry's unadvised ways.” Drayton.

    3. Path, v. i. To walk or go. [R.] Shak.