path·​find·​er | \ ˈpath-ˌfīn-dər How to pronounce pathfinder (audio) , ˈpäth- \

Definition of pathfinder

: one that discovers a way especially : one that explores untraversed regions to mark out a new route

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pathfinding \ ˈpath-​ˌfīn-​diŋ How to pronounce pathfinding (audio) , ˈpäth-​ \ noun or adjective

Examples of pathfinder in a Sentence

a pathfinder of the fashion world
Recent Examples on the Web There are pathfinder replicas made for all major flight parts. Lee Roop |, al, "Alabama-built Space Launch System mockup is in NASA spotlight," 27 Aug. 2019 As a pathfinder, Sanders was responsible for setting up drop zones for airborne troops and landing zones for helicopters. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "A 20-pound cat with a squeaky purr helped a veteran fight off his darkest memories," 25 June 2019 The Gateway will use solar electric propulsion, acting as a pathfinder toward creating deep space transport. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Apollo 11 is paving a path from the moon to Mars," 22 June 2019 One is a satellite called CLARREO pathfinder, which is intended to develop instruments for a follow-on satellite to produce detailed climate records. John Timmer And Scott Johnson, Ars Technica, "Trump’s budget wants the US to stop watching the planet," 13 Feb. 2018 Pedro Canale, the Argentine DJ and producer behind Chancha, is a pathfinder who first hypnotized musical explorers in the early 2000s with his referential yet experimental stylings. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Viva Friday: Listen to the Best New Latin Music This Week By Ozuna & Tory Lanez, Shakira & Maluma and More," 8 June 2018 Even after the latest financial woes, the development of the new-generation spacecraft remains on the books as does the development of robotic pathfinder missions to the Moon. Anatoly Zak, Popular Mechanics, "Russia's Big Plan To Finally Put Cosmonauts on the Moon," 6 Jan. 2016 Ramaphosa called Madikizela-Mandela a giant, a pathfinder, a healer and an eternal beauty. Robyn Dixon,, "South African liberation fighter Winnie Madikizela-Mandela laid to rest with songs, tears and cheers," 14 Apr. 2018 Currently in the midst of a sold-out, 141-day world cruise from Miami to London, Sun is a pathfinder of sorts for Viking — the first of the line's ships to call in China and other Asian countries. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY, "Fast-growing Viking names fourth ocean ship, Viking Sun, in Shanghai," 8 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of pathfinder

1840, in the meaning defined above

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“Pathfinder.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of pathfinder

: a person who goes ahead of a group and finds the best way to travel through an unknown area
: a person or group that is the first to do something and that makes it possible for others to do the same thing

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