Definition of pathway in English:

pathway

noun

  • 1A track that constitutes or serves as a path.

    ‘a tree-lined pathway’
    ‘the crags and cornices of the mountainous pathways’
    • ‘Alexia stared at him as he started to walk down her pathway to the sidewalk.’
    • ‘There are narrow pathways or greenstone walkways for hikers.’
    • ‘Post these signs near roadways and pedestrian pathways on or near college campuses.’
    • ‘What about the deep ruts left in the pathways by mountain bikers riding on rainy days?’
    • ‘We have already found traces of old pathways and garden buildings, a well and a stone water trough.’
    • ‘The police say both the pedestrian-activated signals and elevated pathways are being tried out on an experimental basis.’
    • ‘She suggested that the Corporation could reconstruct the pedestrian pathways using white granite stones.’
    • ‘You can meander through the flowers and shrubs, walking on stone pathways and alleés that keep the gardens separated.’
    • ‘She stepped off of the porch, walking down the pathway and to the sidewalk.’
    • ‘The path we were on went down and up, over pathways and under walkways.’
    • ‘The city has approved a new pathway and bikeway policy plan that aims to help make the system more user-friendly.’
    • ‘Any child riding these in a public place including roads, pathways and alleyways is breaking the law.’
    • ‘Although we're so close to the city, our suburb is like a little village with rows of small shops, paved pathways and a relaxed atmosphere.’
    • ‘Like the other known sections of the aqueduct system, it is covered with stone slabs, which would have served as a pathway for foot passengers.’
    • ‘Many bus stops, pathways and pedestrian crossings appear to have been cleared by hand by public-spirited individuals.’
    • ‘This meant that it no longer served as our pathway through the forest, and we needs must walk slowly, zigzagging through the birches and alders.’
    • ‘I got out of the car and took out my keys as I walked up the pathway to my house.’
    • ‘They walked up the path and discovered a strange pathway covered by moss.’
    • ‘The floor of the tunnel was made of solitary stones, which were put together to serve as a pathway to someplace.’
    • ‘The dark, wooded pathways and the broad avenues of Williamson Park serve as the highways and by-ways of their journey to Canterbury.’
    footpath, 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. 1.1 A way of achieving a specified result; a course of action.
      ‘research has indisputably been part of the pathway to progress’
      • ‘It is only through the decisive action that we will be able to move forward on a practical pathway to end this terrible conflict.’
      • ‘We must ensure that all students who leave senior secondary school are on a career pathway.’
      • ‘For middle-class black men, churches, fraternal orders, and professional organizations offered pathways to leadership.’
      • ‘Before advertising limited its possibilities, television, like radio before it, was envisioned as an electronic pathway to moral enlightenment.’
      • ‘Given the series of court decisions stating that women did not qualify as attorneys under existing law, the only pathway to change was legislation.’
      • ‘We know productivity is the pathway to profits.’
      • ‘GNVQ courses offer an alternative pathway through sixth form and on to higher education from the more traditional 3 A levels.’
      • ‘Humankind is already on a pathway of self-destruction, an achievement that will not need the aid of an aberrant asteroid.’
      • ‘Education and training are a key pathway to employment, a higher standard of living, and a prosperous society.’
      • ‘For those who choose to make peace and inner contentment a reality in their lives, he offers a practical pathway.’
      • ‘You're on the pathway towards excellence.’
      • ‘They embrace and create change not as a means of survival but as a pathway to growth.’
      • ‘I think it's very important for the prime minister to keep a pathway to peace open.’
      • ‘The report concludes that apprenticeships are by far the best pathway to full-time employment or self-employment.’
      • ‘A common form of language was projected as the pathway to progress and civilization.’
      • ‘This is an opportunity to enter an innovative specialty, offering many career pathways and opportunities.’
      method, way, manner, mode, measure, fashion, process, procedure, technique, expedient, agency, medium, instrument, mechanism, channel, vehicle, avenue, course
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    2. 1.2Physiology A route, formed by a chain of nerve cells, along which impulses of a particular kind usually travel.
      ‘these neural pathways control vocalization’
      • ‘Our learning is the result of continued activity along neural pathways via the senses.’
      • ‘The neural pathways associated with the transmission of painful stimuli are fully intact at birth.’
      • ‘As messages travel through these pathways, they affect the linking of neurons involved in the process of memory.’
      • ‘Abdominal pain has the unusual ability to travel along deep nerve pathways and emerge at sites away from the source of the problem.’
      • ‘Incoming data from our senses travel on these neural pathways on the way to interpretation in the brain.’
    3. 1.3Biochemistry A sequence of chemical reactions undergone by a compound or class of compounds in a living organism.
      ‘enzymes of the glycolytic pathway’
      ‘the principal regulatory step in the biosynthetic pathway of cholesterol’
      • ‘We present here three newly described gene systems that appear to function outside the glycolytic pathway.’
      • ‘The brain is a physical entity filled with cells that interact chemically via biochemical pathways.’
      • ‘The number of biochemical pathways and associated compounds has been estimated at well in excess of 100,000.’
      • ‘The liver exclusively synthesizes bile acids from cholesterol via two biosynthetic pathways.’
      • ‘In this respect, PEPC can be considered as a branch of the glycolytic pathway.’

Pronunciation

pathway

/ˈpɑːθweɪ/