Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A trodden track or way.
  • n. A road, way, or track made for a particular purpose: a bicycle path.
  • n. The route or course along which something travels or moves: the path of a hurricane.
  • n. A course of action or conduct: the path of righteousness.
  • n. Computer Science A sequence of commands or a link between points that is needed to reach a particular goal.
  • n. Computer Science A pathname.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a trail for the use of, or worn by, pedestrians.
  • n. a course taken.
  • n. A Pagan tradition, for example witchcraft, Wicca, druidism, Heathenry.
  • n. a metaphorical course.
  • n. a method or direction of proceeding.
  • n. a human-readable specification for a location within a hierarchical or tree-like structure, such as a file system or as part of a URL
  • n. 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).
  • n. a continuous map from the unit interval to a topological space .

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A trodden way; a footway.
  • n. A way, course, or track, in which anything moves or has moved; route; passage; an established way. Also used figuratively, of a course of life or action.
  • intransitive v. To walk or go.
  • transitive v. To make a path in, or on (something), or for (some one).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To tread; walk or go in; follow.
  • To mark out a path for; guide.
  • To pave.
  • To go as in a path; walk abroad.
  • [Some commentators, instead of path, suggest hadst, march, put, pass, or pace.]
  • n. A way beaten or trodden by the feet of men or beasts; a track formed incidentally by passage or traffic between places rather than expressly made to accommodate traffic; a narrow or unimportant road; a footway; hence, in a more general sense, any road, way, or route.
  • n. The way, course, or track which an animal or any other thing follows in the air, in water, or in space: as, the path of a fish in the sea or of a bird in the air; the path of a planet or comet; the path of a meteor.
  • n. Figuratively, course in life; course of action, conduct, or procedure.
  • n. Synonyms and Track, Trail, etc. See way.
  • n. Abbreviations of pathology, pathological.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a line or route along which something travels or moves
  • n. an established line of travel or access
  • n. a way especially designed for a particular use
  • n. a course of conduct

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English pæth; see pent- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English pæþ, from Proto-Germanic *paþaz (compare 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. (Wiktionary)

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