Definition of pathway in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpaTHˌwā/


1A way that constitutes or serves as a path.
Example sentences
  • Like the other known sections of the aqueduct system, it is covered with stone slabs, which would have served as a pathway for foot passengers.
  • This meant that it no longer served as our pathway through the forest, and we needs must walk slowly, zigzagging through the birches and alders.
  • The floor of the tunnel was made of solitary stones, which were put together to serve as a pathway to someplace.
1.1A way of achieving a specified result; a course of action: research has indisputably been part of the pathway to progress
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  • We know productivity is the pathway to profits.
  • They embrace and create change not as a means of survival but as a pathway to growth.
  • Before advertising limited its possibilities, television, like radio before it, was envisioned as an electronic pathway to moral enlightenment.
1.2 Physiology A route, formed by a chain of nerve cells, along which impulses of a particular kind usually travel.
Example sentences
  • Abdominal pain has the unusual ability to travel along deep nerve pathways and emerge at sites away from the source of the problem.
  • Incoming data from our senses travel on these neural pathways on the way to interpretation in the brain.
  • Our learning is the result of continued activity along neural pathways via the senses.
1.3 (also metabolic pathway) Biochemistry A sequence of chemical reactions undergone by a compound or class of compounds in a living organism.
Example sentences
  • The liver exclusively synthesizes bile acids from cholesterol via two biosynthetic pathways.
  • The number of biochemical pathways and associated compounds has been estimated at well in excess of 100,000.
  • The brain is a physical entity filled with cells that interact chemically via biochemical pathways.

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Syllabification: path·way

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