Definition of path in English:



  • 1A way or track laid down for walking or made by continual treading.

    ‘the path continues alongside the river for half a mile’
    • ‘He slipped his hand down and held hers almost subconsciously as they continued to walk down their makeshift path.’
    • ‘They continued walking down the path until they came to a clearing.’
    • ‘They continued walking, the path getting darker and darker, until it split into two roads.’
    • ‘As Breck continued walking along the path, he came to a fork in the road.’
    • ‘I walk among palm-fringed paths, through old ramparts and walls.’
    • ‘We continued to walk down the manmade path until we reached the front gates of my uncle's home.’
    • ‘Up green hills and down dirt paths, he walks alongside flag-draped coffins to support grieving families, to comfort, and to mourn.’
    • ‘She became visible again, and then continued her walk down the small path.’
    • ‘The site is well laid out with gentle sloping paths so you can walk from the lower locks to the upper canal very easily, and watch the Wheel in operation.’
    • ‘Jane scowled in disgust and stood, continuing her walk along the path, down the hillside.’
    • ‘He sighed, his eyes downcast as he continued to walk absent-mindedly across the path.’
    • ‘Closing the door behind myself, I walked down the path to the sidewalk and started down the street.’
    • ‘Ahead we could see where the leftmost wall of the passage stopped, and the path continued alongside a great pit.’
    • ‘He smiled down at her as they walked up the path, Stephen trailing behind.’
    • ‘As I walked along the paths that interweave amongst the foliage I came upon something I had never seen there before.’
    • ‘It's been months since I was able to walk in rough country, haven't trod the farm paths over to Washford or across to the cliffs this year at all.’
    • ‘At the south end of the island, you can visit hot thermal springs, walk on paths through peaceful ponds or relax in front of tiered water cascades.’
    • ‘I turned around and continued to walk down the gray path.’
    • ‘Is it long walks along forested mountain paths?’
    • ‘Leslie shook her head and pulled Vivienne back onto the path to continue walking.’
    footpath, pathway, footway, pavement, track, jogging track, trail, trackway, bridleway, bridle path, ride, riding, towpath, walk, walkway, promenade, esplanade, avenue, lane, alley, alleyway, passage, passageway, byway, sidetrack, berm, causeway, right of way
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    1. 1.1The course or direction in which a person or thing is moving.
      ‘the missile traced a fiery path in the sky’
      • ‘This way, viewers are able to track the storm's path, along with our weather team.’
      • ‘Still, it was your stupid fault; maybe next time you'll think before swinging into the path of a heavy moving object, huh?’
      • ‘This nearly polar orbit is designed such that the spacecraft's orbital path moves at the same apparent rate as the Sun.’
      • ‘The upward track of the bullet's path through the heart was evident at autopsy.’
      • ‘Why would anyone choose to build directly in the path of a potential avalanche?’
      • ‘They may not take a direct path, but somehow they reach their dreams.’
      • ‘It came right at me, but His love so overwhelmed me that I was incapable of moving out of its path.’
      • ‘In fact, the only way to get Papa to stop was to stand directly in his path and wave your arms up and down like Icarus diving off the cliff.’
      • ‘Now green frogs, mice and other wildlife can continue their path alongside the stream.’
      • ‘Hundreds of thousands of people are fleeing the Gulf Coast area, doing everything they can to get out of the hurricane's path.’
      • ‘The Conference Board survey suggests that strategic business management does not loom large in the career paths of security directors.’
      • ‘Homes and businesses are gone as we continue to track the hurricane's path.’
      • ‘Put me directly in the path of the gulf stream and I won't use all that wasteful energy heating my house either.’
      • ‘Though many Montrealers enjoy proving their mettle cycling through traffic, cycling paths are available for recreational purposes.’
      • ‘There are certainly more direct paths one can take to a career in theatre, but an unconventional one can produce unique artistic fruit.’
      • ‘Flight 77's path was hard to track since its transponder had been turned off.’
      • ‘The tests mimic the effect of a 40 km/h impact with a pedestrian moving laterally across the path of the car.’
      • ‘Ranked against him are the hideous shades of the Inquisition and directly in his path is his unloving, tyrannical father, the King.’
      • ‘It looks like it's probably going to make a direct path over that island.’
      • ‘Because the two gamma rays are emitted simultaneously and in different directions, their paths can be traced back to locate the emitting atom precisely at the point of crossing.’
      • ‘And they are hoping to see hundreds of people who are either unemployed or fed up and looking for a change of direction in their career path.’
      route, way, course, approach, road
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    2. 1.2A course of action or way of achieving a specified result.
      figurative ‘a chosen career path’
      ‘a vegetarian diet could be the path to a longer life’
      • ‘Since then, differences over ministry have led organizations to look instead for other paths toward unity.’
      • ‘People will buy into a plan if the goals are specific and the path to achieving them is credible and clearly explained.’
      • ‘Therefore, we also learn to accept others and all living beings on the path toward liberation.’
      • ‘Army Intelligence is already moving out on the path to achieve this.’
      • ‘The harsh discipline of the free market was offered by conservatives as more than just a path toward greater prosperity.’
      • ‘With God we are moving along on a path toward meaning, renewal, and salvation.’
      • ‘Make sure you call out the specific changes in a modular way to show developers a path for building your designs.’
      • ‘This will steadily move the company on the path to achieving its vision of becoming the first choice general insurer for India.’
      • ‘The Government is committed to achieving full employment at high wages, and it is well down the path to achieving that.’
      • ‘Rarely, if ever, do economic sanctions follow such presumed paths and achieve their intended goal quickly.’
      • ‘Instead, I said, let us coexist and proceed on the path toward unification.’
      • ‘It instead says it is moving along its own path toward democracy and the framing of a constitution which has been in progress for more than a decade.’
      • ‘So the Tourist Board seems well on the path to achieving its new objective.’
      • ‘Consequently it is held that this allows the economy to move along the path of stable economic growth.’
      • ‘It should be clear that neither offer a path toward rebuilding the foundation for future economic growth.’
      • ‘So think long and hard before you decide whether to take the path toward truth or untruth.’
      • ‘The great leader Mahatma Gandhi once said there is no path to peace.’
      • ‘One project in particular planted him firmly on the path to sustainable design.’
      • ‘Having gone through different phases of an economic experiment, all three models are finally moving toward the path of a free economy.’
      • ‘Leaders in these countries may select different policy paths to achieve that security.’
      course of action, route, road, avenue, procedure, direction, line, approach, tack, method, system, scheme, strategy, tactic, plan, formula
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    3. 1.3A schedule available for allocation to an individual railway train over a given route.
      • ‘Meanwhile, we are talking to Network Rail about train paths to Leeds.’
      • ‘They want enough train paths allocated to service the huge volume of freight traffic which uses the WCM.’
      • ‘Fifteen potential north-south rail paths were studied before selection of a preferred route east of Quihi that crosses seven roads and six waterways.’
    4. 1.4Computing A definition of the order in which an operating system or program searches for a file or executable program.
      • ‘You can configure extra paths to search for pixmaps and icons.’
      • ‘In this case the file name and path must be known, so only programs in default locations can reasonably be activated.’
      • ‘Highlight the complete path and file name using your mouse.’
      • ‘The first line indicates to the server that you wish to rewrite certain file paths.’
      • ‘You still see the error messages on the screen but not the path of the file you're looking for.’


  • (chiefly in computing and railway contexts) allocate a path.


Old English pæth, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch pad, German Pfad, of unknown ultimate origin.