Meaning of PATH in English


I. ˈpa]th, ˈpaa(ə)], ˈpai], ˈpȧ] noun

( plural paths ]thz also ]ths)

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English pæth, path; akin to Old Frisian path, Middle Dutch & Middle Low German pad, pat, Old High German pfad

1. : a track made by the frequent or habitual use of men or animals : a trodden way

a multiplicity of interesting paths crossed the featureless land — E.E.Shipton

2. : a track specially constructed for a particular use (as walking or horseback riding)

a garden path of flagstones

touring path

3. dialect Britain : a deep cut in a steep road


a. : the way or course traversed by something : route

the path of a meteor

a caravan's path

b. : a way of life, conduct, or thought

courage for the difficult path he must follow — H.M.Parshley

families and friends put roadblocks on the path of romance — Bertha J. Lueck

c. sometimes capitalized : a course of religious duty : a prescription of religious obligation : a way or method of action prescribed for the devotees of a particular religion

the Sufi path

5. mathematics : the continuous series of positions or configurations assumed in any motion or process of change by any moving or varying system

6. : a line of communication over interconnecting neurones extending from one organ or center to another

the optic path from the retina to the cerebral cortex


a. : the way or course traversed by light or electricity between two points

b. : the iron parts of a magnetic circuit

II. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

transitive verb

archaic : go along (as a way or course) : travel , tread

intransitive verb

obsolete : move , walk

for if thou path , thy native semblance on — Shakespeare

III. abbreviation

pathological; pathology

IV. noun

: a sequence of arcs in a network that can be traced continuously without retracing any arc

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.