- The definition of a path is a trail, route, course or a line of movement.
- An example of a path is what deer follow through the forest.
- An example of a path is what hikers follow up a mountain.
- An example of a path is the direction taken by a tornado.
- An example of path is the vapor left behind a plane in the sky.
A path through the forest.
- a track or way worn by footsteps; trail
- a walk or way for the use of people on foot, as in a park or garden
- a line of movement; course taken: the path of the meteor
- a course or manner of conduct, thought, or procedure
Origin of pathMiddle English ; from Old English pæth, akin to German pfad, Dutch pad, probably early Germanic loanword ; from Iranian (as in Avestan path-) ; from Indo-European base an unverified form pent(h)-, to step, go from source find, Classical Latin pons, bridge
- A trodden track or way.
- A road, way, or track made for a particular purpose: a bicycle path.
- The route or course along which something travels or moves: the path of a hurricane.
- A course of action or conduct: the path of righteousness.
- Computers a. A sequence of commands or a link between points that is needed to reach a particular goal.b. A pathname.
Origin of pathMiddle English, from Old English pæth; see pent- in Indo-European roots.
- A practitioner of a specified kind of medical treatment: naturopath.
- One affected by a specified kind of disorder: sociopath.
Origin of -pathBack-formation from –pathy.
- A trail for the use of, or worn by, pedestrians.
- A course taken.
- the path of a meteor, of a caravan, or of a storm
- (paganism) A Pagan tradition, for example witchcraft, Wicca, druidism, Heathenry.
- A metaphorical course.
- A method or direction of proceeding.
- (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
- (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).
- (topology) A continuous map from the unit interval to a topological space .
(third-person singular simple present paths, present participle pathing, simple past and past participle pathed)
- To make a path in, or on (something), or for (someone).
From Middle English path, peth, from Old English pæþ (“path, track”), from Proto-Germanic *paþaz (“path”) (compare West Frisian paad, Dutch pad, German Pfad), from Scythian (compare Avestan [script?] (panta), gen. [script?] (paθa, “way”), Old Persian [script?] (pathi-)), from Proto-Indo-European *pent- (compare English find). More at find.
path- - Computer Definition
The physical route of a circuit. See also circuit and virtual path (VP).
(1) In communications, the route between any two nodes. Same as "line," "channel," "link" or "circuit."
(2) In database management, the route from one set of data to another, such as from customers to orders.
(3) A selected line or area in an image. See clipping path.
(4) An environment variable that enables programs and batch files to be run from the command line no matter where the command prompt is pointing. See Path environment variable.
(5) The route to a file on a disk. The path shows the hierarchy of folders and subfolders (directories and subdirectories) starting at an origin point called the "root." The following examples show how the path is expressed on a command line in common operating systems. DOS/Windows In DOS and Windows, the path to the MYLIFE.TXT file in the STORIES subfolder within the JOE folder on drive C: would be expressed as follows: c:\joe\stories\mylife.txt Unix/Linux/Mac The equivalent path in Unix, Linux and Mac OS X is as follows. The drive does not show in this path, but it would already have been selected. /joe/stories/mylife Earlier Macs Prior to Mac OS X, the Mac could also use a path in certain command sequences. The following example uses "hdd200" as the hard drive name: hdd200:joe:stories:mylife
The Following ExamplesFor simplicity, the following examples come from the early Windows version of this encyclopedia when the software was installed as a top-level folder off the root of the C: drive. Subsequent versions are installed in the Program Files folder.
Using PathsIn the Windows version of this encyclopedia, there is a dialog box that displays the path to the location of the CDETEXT.TXT file. For more details on the Windows path and folder hierarchy, see Win Folder organization.
Variant of patho-
Origin of patho-; from Classical Greek pathos: see pathos