See also: -path and path-

EnglishEdit

 
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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English path, peth, from Old English pæþ (path, track), from Proto-Germanic *paþaz (path) (compare West Frisian paad, Dutch pad, German Pfad), Ancient Greek πατέω (patéō) / πάτος (pátos), from Iranian (compare Avestan 𐬞𐬀𐬥𐬙𐬀(panta, way), 𐬞𐬀𐬚𐬀(paθa, genitive), Old Persian [script needed] (pathi-)), from Proto-Iranian *pántaHh, from Proto-Indo-Iranian *pántaHs (compare Sanskrit पथिन् (páthin)), from Proto-Indo-European *póntoh₁s, from *pent- (path) (compare English find).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

path (plural paths)

  1. A trail for the use of, or worn by, pedestrians.
    • (Can we date this quote by John Dryden and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      The dewy paths of meadows we will tread.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 1, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      I stumbled along through the young pines and huckleberry bushes. Pretty soon I struck into a sort of path that, I cal'lated, might lead to the road I was hunting for. It twisted and turned, and, the first thing I knew, made a sudden bend around a bunch of bayberry scrub and opened out into a big clear space like a lawn.
  2. A course taken.
    • 1900, Charles W. Chesnutt, The House Behind the Cedars, Chapter I,
      Just before Warwick reached Liberty Point, a young woman came down Front Street from the direction of the market-house. When their paths converged, Warwick kept on down Front Street behind her, it having been already his intention to walk in this direction.
    the path of a meteor, of a caravan, or of a storm
  3. (paganism) A Pagan tradition, for example witchcraft, Wicca, druidism, Heathenry.
  4. A metaphorical course.
  5. A method or direction of proceeding.
    • Bible, Psalms xxv. 10
      All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth.
    • (Can we date this quote by Gray and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      The paths of glory lead but to the grave.
  6. (computing) 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.
    Use the network path \\Marketing\Files to find the documents you need.
  7. (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).
  8. (topology) A continuous map   from the unit interval   to a topological space  .
  9. (rail transport) A slot available for allocation to a railway train over a given route in between other trains.
    • 2019 October, James Abbott, “Esk Valley revival: December 2019 changes”, in Modern Railways, page 78:
      ... while the planned hourly fast 'Connect' service from Middlesbrough to Newcastle has been postponed indefinitely due to problems in finding paths for it on the East Coast main line.
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VerbEdit

path (third-person singular simple present paths, present participle pathing, simple past and past participle pathed)

  1. (transitive) To make a path in, or on (something), or for (someone).
    • (Can we date this quote by Drayton and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      pathing young Henry's unadvised ways

Etymology 2Edit

Shortening.

NounEdit

path (uncountable)

  1. (medicine, abbreviation) Pathology.

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Middle EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Old English pæþ, from Proto-Germanic *paþaz, from an Iranian language, from Proto-Iranian *pántaHh, from Proto-Indo-Iranian *pántaHs.

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PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

path (plural pathes)

  1. An informal or unpaved path or trail; a track.
  2. A choice or way of living; a doctrine.
  3. (rare, Late Middle English) A course or route.
  4. (rare, Late Middle English) A vessel or vein.
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DescendantsEdit
  • English: path
  • Scots: paith
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Etymology 2Edit

From path (noun).

VerbEdit

path

  1. Alternative form of pathen