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

Other Words from pathfinder

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

Examples of pathfinder in a Sentence

a pathfinder of the fashion world
Recent Examples on the Web Enlarge / Amazon is counting on the Vulcan rocket, a pathfinder for which is shown here, to deliver a large number of satellites into space. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 5 Apr. 2022 To that end, the core stage of the pathfinder Ariane 6 rocket has reached the European launch site in French Guiana, the agency says. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 21 Jan. 2022 In fact, the change has already begun as the company moves to become a pathfinder in adapting commercial digital technology to the nation’s military needs. Loren Thompson, Forbes, 13 Oct. 2021 Only decades later did Hay receive his due as a gay-rights pathfinder. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 25 June 2021 Among the scofflaws was the legendary pathfinder Daniel Boone, whose story is nimbly retold by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin., 20 May 2021 If built bigger, the technological progeny of that pathfinder could help sustain future human explorers on Mars by literally producing breathable gas and rocket propellant alike out of thin air. Leonard David, Scientific American, 15 Feb. 2021 Lenski was a pathfinder who followed her youthful passion for art. Joy Wallace Dickinson,, 7 Mar. 2021 First came a tiny pathfinder, Sojourner, that in 1997 showed roving was possible. Lee Billings, Scientific American, 18 Feb. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of pathfinder

1840, in the meaning defined above

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14 May 2022

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“Pathfinder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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