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path / pa[unvoicedth]/ • n. (pl. paths / pa[voicedth]z; pa[unvoicedth]s/ ) a way or track laid down for walking or made by continual treading. ∎  such a way or track designed for a particular purpose: a two-mile nature path. ∎  the course or direction in which a person or thing is moving: the missile traced a fiery path in the sky| fig. a chosen career path. ∎  a course of action or conduct: an ordered, gradual path toward economic liberalization. ∎  Comput. a definition of the order in which an operating system or program searches for a file or executable program. ∎  a schedule available for allocation to an individual railroad train over a given route. PHRASES: the path of least resistancesee resistance.DERIVATIVES: path·less adj.

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path
1. A route between two vertices of a graph, passing along edges and, in the case of a directed graph, with attention paid to the direction along the edges. More formally there is a path between vertices V0 and Vk if each pair (Vi, Vi+1), i = 0,1…,k–1

is an edge of the graph and, in the case of a directed graph, is suitably directed.

In typical applications, the existence of paths between vertices indicates physical connections between them or perhaps logical connections or dependencies. See also cycle.

2. A sequence of instructions that may be performed in the execution of a program. A path through a program is equivalent to a traversal of the control-flow diagram for that program from the start node or vertex to the end node of the graph.

3. See access path.

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Pāṭh

Pāṭh (Hindī, Pañjābī, ‘reading’). For Sikhs, a reading of the entire Ādi Granth. This may be an uninterrupted reading (akhaṇḍ pāṭh) or may take about ten days or longer (sahaj pāṭh, sadhāran pāṭh).

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path OE. pæðɛ LG., Du. pad, OHG. phad (G. pfad):- WGmc. *paþa.
Hence pathway XVI. Cf. PAD1.

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pathBarth, bath, garth, hearth, lath, path •sand bath • hip bath • eyebath •bloodbath, mudbath •Hogarth • warpath • towpath •footpath

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