Pronunciation: (path, päth), [key]
pl. pathsPronunciation: (pa&thslash;z, pä&thslash;z, paths, päths). [key]

1. a way beaten, formed, or trodden by the feet of persons or animals.
2. a narrow walk or way: a path through a garden; a bicycle path.
3. a route, course, or track along which something moves: the path of a hurricane.
4. a course of action, conduct, or procedure: the path of righteousness.
5. Math. a continuous curve that connects two or more points.
6. Computers.the sequence of steps that a computer follows in carrying out a routine, as in storing and retrieving a file at a specific location.
7. cross one's path, to encounter or meet unexpectedly: Tragedy crossed our path again.


var. of patho- before a vowel: pathosis.


a combining form occurring in personal nouns corresponding to abstract nouns ending in -pathy, with the general sense “one practicing such a treatment” (osteopath) or “one suffering from such an ailment” (psychopath).


1. pathological.
2. pathology.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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