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Webster 1913 Edition


Path

Path

(pȧth)
,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Pathed
(pȧthd)
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Pathing
.]
To make a path in, or on (something), or for (some one).
[R.]
Pathing young Henry’s unadvised ways.”
Drayton.

Path

,
Verb.
I.
To walk or go.
[R.]
Shak.

Webster 1828 Edition


Path

P`ATH

,
Noun.
plu.
paths. [Gr. to tread.]
1.
A way beaten or trodden by the feet of man or beast, or made hard by wheels; that part of a highway on which animals or carriages ordinarily pass; applied to the ground only, and never to a paved street in a city.
2.
Any narrow way beaten by the foot.
3.
The way, course or track where a body moves in the atmosphere or in space; as the path of a planet or comet; the path of a meteor.
4.
A way or passage.
5.
Course of life.
He marketh all my paths. Job.33.
6.
Precepts; rules prescribed.
Uphold my going in thy paths. Ps.17.
7.
Course of providential dealings; moral government.
All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth to such as keep his covenant. Ps.25.

P`ATH

,
Verb.
T.
To make a path by treading; to beat a path, as in snow.
To push forward; to cause to go; to make way for.

P`ATH

,
Verb.
I.
To walk abroad.

Definition 2022


path

path

See also: -path and path-

English

Noun

path (plural paths)

  1. A trail for the use of, or worn by, pedestrians.
    • John Dryden
      The dewy paths of meadows we will tread.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 1, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      I stumbled along through the young pines and huckleberry bushes. Pretty soon I struck into a sort of path that, I cal'lated, might lead to the road I was hunting for. It twisted and turned, and, the first thing I knew, made a sudden bend around a bunch of bayberry scrub and opened out into a big clear space like a lawn.
  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.
    • Gray
      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
  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 from the unit interval to a topological space .

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Verb

path (third-person singular simple present paths, present participle pathing, simple past and past participle pathed)

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

References

  • Oxford English Dictionary [draft revision; June 2005]

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