a combining form occurring in adjectives that correspond to nouns ending in -pathy:
a person who suffers; victim
of or relating to a catamite
of or relating to suffering
word-forming element from Latin pathicus, from Greek pathikos “suffering, remaining passive,” from pathein “to suffer” (see pathos).
[path-lis, pahth-] /ˈpæθ lɪs, ˈpɑθ-/ adjective 1. trackless; untrodden: a pathless forest. adj. 1590s, from path + -less.
[path-neym] /ˈpæθˌneɪm/ noun, Computers. 1. the sequence of symbols and names indicating the location of a particular file in a hierarchical file system. /ˈpɑːθˌneɪm/ noun 1. (computing) the name of a file or directory together with its position in relation to other directories traced back in a line to the root; the names of the […]
- Pathname separator
file system The character used to separate elements of a path or pathname. Under Unix and POSIX.1 compliant systems the pathname separator is the (forward) slash, in MS-DOS backslash serves the same purpose. For obvious reasons the no directory or file name can contain this character. (1996-11-21)
1. a combining form meaning “suffering,” “disease,” “feeling,” used in the formation of compound words: pathology. combining form 1. disease: pathology before vowels path-, word-forming element meaning “Suffering, disease,” from Greek patho-, comb. form of pathos “suffering, disease” (see pathos). patho- or path- pref. Disease; suffering: pathogen.