General Science

  • noun a way from one place to another, especially one travelled on foot
  • noun a way to achieve something



  • noun a possible route or sequence of events or instructions within the execution of a program
  • noun a route from one point in a communications network to another
  • noun a list of subdirectories in which the operating system should look for a named file


  • The route along which something travels. For instance, current, data, beams, crafts, and so on.
  • The route along which a current travels. For example, the course of the flow of current through a circuit.
  • In a printed circuit, the conductive strips, foils, pads, segments, or the like, via which a current flows.
  • The route along which an electromagnetic wave travels, such as that between a transmitter and receiver.
  • In a network, a route between two nodes. There may be more than one route between two specific nodes, and each path consists of one or more branches.
  • In computers, a sequence of instructions followed within a routine.
  • In database management, the route between data or sets of data. For instance, the logical connections between two records.

Information & Library Science

  • noun a particular course of action


  • prefix
    (written as path-)
    referring to disease


  • noun a small track, which has been made artificially, or simply by people walking along it over a long period
  • noun a line along which something travels


  • noun a narrow way for walking, cycling or riding

Health Economics

  • acronym forProgram for Assessment of Technology in Health
    (written as PATH)

Origin & History of “path”

Path is a west Germanic word of uncertain ultimate origin. Its cousins German pfad and Dutch pad point back to a prehistoric West Germanic ancestor *patha, but no one is too sure where this came from (one possibility is that it was borrowed somehow from Greek pátos ‘path’). The verb pad ‘tread, walk’ and the -pad of footpad come from the same source.