path (păth, päth)
n. pl. paths (păthz, päthz, păths, päths)
1. A trodden track or way.
2. A road, way, or track made for a particular purpose: a bicycle path.
3. The route or course along which something travels or moves: the path of a hurricane.
4. A course of action or conduct: the path of righteousness.
a. A sequence of commands or a link between points that is needed to reach a particular goal.
b. A pathname.
[Middle English, from Old English pæth; see pent- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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