path

Definitions

  • He stood at the foot, like a lion in the path
    He stood at the foot, like a lion in the path
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n path a course of conduct "the path of virtue","we went our separate ways","our paths in life led us apart","genius usually follows a revolutionary path"
    • n path a way especially designed for a particular use
    • n path an established line of travel or access
    • n path a line or route along which something travels or moves "the hurricane demolished houses in its path","the track of an animal","the course of the river"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A Chinese Scientist discovered that the Earth is round during the Han Dynasty by measuring the sun and moon's path in the sky. He recorded this fact down in the imperial records but went unnoticed until it was unearthed recently but Chinese archaeologists.
    • path A trodden way; a footway. "The dewy paths of meadows we will tread."
    • path A way, course, or track, in which anything moves or has moved; route; passage; an established way; as, the path of a meteor, of a caravan, of a storm, of a pestilence. Also used figuratively, of a course of life or action. "All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth.""The paths of glory lead but to the grave."
    • v. t Path To make a path in, or on (something), or for (some one). "Pathing young Henry's unadvised ways."
    • v. i Path To walk or go.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Brandon, Mississipi it is illegal to attempt to stop someone from walking down the sidewalk by parking a motorhome in their path.
    • n path A way beaten or trodden by the feet of men or beasts; a track formed incidentally by passage or traffic between places rather than expressly made to accommodate traffic; a narrow or unimportant road; a footway; hence, in a more general sense, any road, way, or route.
    • n path The way, course, or track which an animal or any other thing follows in the air, in water, or in space: as, the path of a fish in the sea or of a bird in the air; the path of a planet or comet; the path of a meteor.
    • n path Figuratively, course in life; course of action, conduct, or procedure.
    • n path Synonyms and Track, Trail, etc. See way.
    • path To tread; walk or go in; follow.
    • path To mark out a path for; guide.
    • path To pave.
    • path To go as in a path; walk abroad.
    • path [Some commentators, instead of path, suggest hadst, march, put, pass, or pace.]
    • n path Abbreviations of pathology, pathological.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The dirt road that General Washington and his soldiers took to fight off General Clinton during the Battle of Monmouth was called the Burlington Path.
    • n Path päth a way trodden out by the feet: track: road: course of action or conduct
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Quotations

  • Lu Xun
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    “As people are walking all the time, in the same spot, a path appears.”
  • Lord Byron
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    “Adversity is the first path to truth.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “Art is the path of the creator to his work.”
  • Elbert Hubbard
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    “The path of civilization is paved with tin cans.”
  • Henri Frederic Amiel
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    “The best path through life is the highway.”
  • Source Unknown
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    “Failure is the path of least persistence”

Idioms

Lead someone up the garden path - If someone leads you up the garden path, they deceive you, or give you false information that causes you to waste your time. 'Lead someone down the garden path' is also used.
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Primrose path - The primrose path is an easy and pleasurable lifestyle, but one that ends in unpleasantness and problems.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. pæð, pað,; akin to D. pad, G. pfad, of uncertain origin; cf. Gr. pa`tos, Skr. patha, path,. √21
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. pæth, path; Ger. pfad, Gr. patos, L. pons, pontis, a bridge.

Usage

In literature:

Then he pushed open the garden gate and walked up the path to the door.
"The Book of Stories for the Storyteller" by Fanny E. Coe
He walked up the little path, and fitted the key with which Allbut George had provided him, into the lock.
"Antony Gray,--Gardener" by Leslie Moore
Their path and our path draws together an' enters the valley as one path.
"A Virginia Scout" by Hugh Pendexter
The path of Jupiter is thus about 5.2 times as great in diameter as the path pursued by the earth.
"The Story of the Heavens" by Robert Stawell Ball
My wooing promised to be anything but easy; my love-path was likely to be a rugged one.
"The Quadroon" by Mayne Reid
But there was no path, and I saw it would be useless carrying the pursuit any further till we should have the light of morning.
"The Free Lances" by Mayne Reid
For weeks thereafter, go where I would, he would suddenly appear on the path behind me, poising in his right hand that same Goliath spear.
"The Story of John G. Paton" by James Paton
The path was so flowery and bright that I had no fear of the turnings of the way.
"A Vanished Hand" by Sarah Doudney
Father Claude came up the path, walking slowly and wearily, and entered the hut.
"The Road to Frontenac" by Samuel Merwin
One thing was sure: the path did not end here, if it really was a path, and not a chance formation.
"The Web of the Golden Spider" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
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In poetry:

The river road is wide and fair,
The prairie-path is free,
And still the old earth waits to give
Her strength and joy to thee.
"The Call" by Virna Sheard
O Thou! by Whom we come to God,
The Life, the Truth, the Way;
The path of prayer Thyself hast trod:
Lord, teach us how to pray.
"What Is Prayer?" by James Montgomery
Down the little brown path through the woodland
I went in my dreaming last night
and saw near the brackens uncurling
Anemones white.
"The Little Brown Path" by Fay Inchfawn
I hear thy victims' ceaseless wails,
I view the path my race hath trod,
And at the sight my spirit quails,
And cries in agony to God!
"The Waif" by John Lawson Stoddard
And thus each tint or shade which falls,
From sunset cloud or waving tree,
Along my pilgrim path, recalls
The pleasant thought of thee.
"My Thanks," by John Greenleaf Whittier
"Stop!" Caleb cried, "you've lost the path;
"The water's close before;
"I see it shine, 'tis very deep,--
"Why, don't you hear it roar?"
"The Drunken Father" by Robert Bloomfield

In news:

His turbulent path to 'Breaking Bad.
N o one in the restaurant world has followed a career path quite like Mathieu Palombino's.
Brain trust sees bike paths, solar energy, gateway improvements in Rifle.
Brainstorming A Path To Sustainability.
Gadget-shoppers: Pick your path carefully.
Terror Suspect's Path From Streets to Brig .
GT Savannah's 'Path Forward' a strange one.
Michele Bachmann, in Iowa on Tuesday, hopes to follow Mike Huckabee's path to victory there.
Residents on the north side of Peachtree Industrial Boulevard who want to take the family to PlayTown Suwanee will soon have a path.
Buddhists believe that through that path one awakens to what already is – "the natural great perfection".
Job coaches capitalize on their own bull market as the downsized and unemployed beat a path to their door.
Everything in its path would be ground up and pushed away.
We're constantly keeping an eye on the path of Sandy as the.
Weil by Nature 's Path Veri-Berry Hot Oatmeal.
View full size John Munson/The Star-Ledger A passenger gets on a train at the Harrison PATH station last month.
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In science:

We refer to such a path as a C -taut path. (A zero-taut path is called simply a taut path.) Let x′ be the first time in Q a vertex equal to the initial vertex of Pi , modulo T , occurs.
Random Surfaces
Then we can replace Q with a new C -taut path by moving the translating the path Pi so that it begins at x, and translating the path between x′ and z1 so that it begins at x + (yi − xi ).
Random Surfaces
The set of paths of arbitrary length is called path space of the graph (see for precise de finitions.) Notice that the conditio n that two subsequent vertices must be an allowed edge prevents some sequences of vertices from being a path.
Bindweeds or random walks in random environments on multiplexed trees and their asympotics
Definition ( V –paths ) By a V –path we shall mean an edge path in Θ whose initial and terminal vertices lie in V .
Automorphisms and abstract commensurators of 2-dimensional Artin groups
If the end points at z = N are separated by r ≪ N ν , the paths remain separated (each path exploring an independent disordered region) until they join at ∆z ∼ r1/ν , after which they follow the same path.
Directed polymers and Randomness
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