path: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (path, päth), [key]
— pl. paths
  1. a way beaten, formed, or trodden by the feet of persons or animals.
  2. a narrow walk or way: a path through a garden; a bicycle path.
  3. a route, course, or track along which something moves: the path of a hurricane.
  4. a course of action, conduct, or procedure: the path of righteousness.
  5. a continuous curve that connects two or more points.
  6. the sequence of steps that a computer follows in carrying out a routine, as in storing and retrieving a file at a specific location.
  7. to encounter or meet unexpectedly: Tragedy crossed our path again.


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  1. var. ofbefore a vowel: pathosis.


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  1. a combining form occurring in personal nouns corresponding to abstract nouns ending inwith the general sense “one practicing such a treatment” (osteopath) or “one suffering from such an ailment” (&hasp;psychopath).


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  1. pathological.
  2. pathology.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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