• IPA: /pɑːθ/
    • (RP) IPA: [pʰɑːθ]
    • (AU, New Zealand) IPA: [pʰäːθ], [pʰɐːθ]
  • IPA: /pæθ/
    • (America, Canada) IPA: [pʰæθ], [pʰɛəθ], [pʰeəθ]
    • (Northern England, Ireland) IPA: [pʰaθ], [pʰæθ]

path (plural paths)

  1. A trail for the use of, or worn by, pedestrians.
    • The dewy paths of meadows we will tread.
  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.
    • 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 f from the unit interval I = [0,1] to a topological space X.
  9. (rail) A slot available for allocation to a railway train over a given route in between other trains.
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path (paths, present participle pathing; past and past participle pathed)

  1. (transitive) To make a path in, or on (something), or for (someone).
    • pathing young Henry's unadvised ways

path (uncountable)

  1. (medicine, abbreviation) Pathology.

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