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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PATH

A stream of water, pure as crystal, flowed along the path, from the summit to the base.

He had entered into the path of dishonesty, and he was forced to keep on in it.

Miss Milbrey had put herself bravely in the path of Destiny.

At least they will be my standard of conduct in the path before me.

We are charged with the sacred duty of making their path as smooth and easy as we can.

His path everywhere was made to seem like a triumphal progress.

It is by following the path we are in that we shall first reach somewhere.

The explosion had blown in the wall and cut off the only path by which they could descend.

"I'll do all I can," K. promised, and followed the path to the barn.

The clergyman was coming along the path with Schwitter at his heels.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English paþ, pæþ "path, track," from West Germanic *patha- (cf. Old Frisian path, Middle Dutch pat, Dutch pad, Old High German pfad, German Pfad "path"), of unknown origin. The original initial -p- in a Germanic word is an etymological puzzle. Watkins says the word is "probably borrowed (? via Scythian) from Iranian *path-," from PIE root *pent- "to tread, go, pass" (cf. Avestan patha "way;" see find (v.)), but this is too much of a stretch for OED and others. In Scotland and Northern England, commonly a steep ascent of a hill or in a road.

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