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Dictionary Definition



1 a course of conduct; "the path of virtue"; "we went our separate ways"; "our paths in life led us apart"; "genius usually follows a revolutionary path" [syn: way, way of life]
2 a way especially designed for a particular use
3 an established line of travel or access [syn: route, itinerary]
4 a line or route along which something travels or moves; "the hurricane demolished houses in its path"; "the track of an animal"; "the course of the river" [syn: track, course]

User Contributed Dictionary



etyl ang pæþ, from West etyl gem *paþa-, of uncertain origin, but perhaps an early borrowing from an Iranian language (Avestan pɑntɑ (nominative), pɑθɑ (genitive) way, Old Persian pɑthi-), in which case it would be derived from the same Indo-European root as English find. Cognate with Dutch pad, German Pfad.



  1. a trail for the use of, or worn by, pedestrians.
  2. a course taken.
  3. In the context of "paganism": A Pagan tradition, for example witchcraft, Wicca, druidism, Heathenry.
  1. a metaphorical course.
  2. a method or direction of proceeding.
  3. a sequence (in the graph theory) 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).



a trail for the use of, or worn by, pedestrians
  • Arabic:
  • Chinese: 路径 (lùjìng), 蹊径 (xījìng)
  • Danish: sti , havegang , passage
  • Dutch: pad
  • Finnish: polku
  • French: sentier
  • German: Pfad
  • Hungarian: ösvény, út
  • Italian: sentiero
  • Japanese: 小道 (こみち, komichi)
  • Korean: (gil)
  • Kurdish: ,
  • Portuguese: trilha
  • Russian: тропа, тропинка, дорожка
  • Slovene: pot, steza
  • Spanish: senda
  • Swedish: stig
a course taken
a metaphorical course
  • Danish: retning , vej
  • Finnish: latu, tola, polku
  • Kurdish: ,
  • Russian: путь (put’)
  • Slovene: pot
a method or direction of proceeding
a sequence of vertices from one vertex to another


  • Oxford English Dictionary, (DRAFT REVISION June 2005)

Extensive Definition


Path may also refer to:
  • Course (navigation), the intended path of a vehicle over the surface of the Earth
  • Trail, footpath, or bicycle way in rural or urban settings
  • Sidewalk running along the edge of a road, in some varieties of English
  • Golden Path (Dune), a metaphysical theme from Frank Herbert's Dune novels
In mathematics:
In computing:
  • Path (computing), in computer file systems, the human-readable address of a resource
  • Clipping path, a computer image outlining option to remove background and create transparency
In music:
  • The Path, seventh studio album by English acoustic roots duo Show of Hands
  • "Path Vol.2" is a 2000 single by Apocalyptica from their album Cult


Pathway may also refer to:
In music:


PATH may refer to:

See also

  • Pathé, various businesses founded and originally run by the Pathé Brothers of France
path in Danish: Sti
path in German: PATH
path in French: Chemin
path in Korean: 패스
path in Dutch: Pad
path in Portuguese: Caminho
path in Simple English: Path

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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