path meaning

[ pɑ:θ ] Pronunciation:   "path" in a sentence
  • Noun: path  pãth
    1. A course of conduct
      "the path of virtue"; "our paths in life led us apart"; "genius usually follows a revolutionary path"
      - way, way of life 
    2. A way especially designed for a particular use 
    3. An established line of travel or access
      - route, itinerary 
    4. A line or route along which something travels or moves
      "the hurricane demolished houses in its path"
      - track, course

    Derived forms: paths

    Type of: course, course of action, line, way

    Encyclopedia: Path

  • [Architecture]

    A footway; a footpath.

  • [Medicine]
    n pl paths
    1 : the way or route traversed by something ‹the sweat glands are the chief paths by which water reaches the surface of the skin —Morris Fishbein›
    2 : PATHWAY 1 ‹the optic path from the retina to the cerebral cortex›
    abbr pathological; pathology

  • [Computer]
    1. <networking> A bang path or explicitly routed Internet address; a node-by-node specification of a link between two machines.

    2. <file system> pathname.

    3. <operating system> The list of directories the kernel (under Unix) or the command interpreter (under MS-DOS) searches for executables. It is stored as part of the environment in both operating systems.

    Other, similar constructs abound under Unix; the C preprocessor, for example, uses such a search path to locate "#include" files.


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  1. the bold path is the path of safety.
  2. the bold path is the path of safety.
  3. often they mark the path with buoys.
  4. the path is very slippery, so watch your step.
  5. they cleaved a path through the wilderness.

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