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 pathfinder (audio) , ˈpäth-​ \ noun or adjective

Examples of pathfinder in a Sentence

a pathfinder of the fashion world
Recent Examples on the Web 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, "As Perseverance Approaches Mars, Scientists Debate Its Sampling Strategy," 15 Feb. 2021 Lenski was a pathfinder who followed her youthful passion for art. Joy Wallace Dickinson,, "Lenski’s classic book remains dear to hearts of Florida readers as state celebrates strawberries," 7 Mar. 2021 First came a tiny pathfinder, Sojourner, that in 1997 showed roving was possible. Lee Billings, Scientific American, "Perseverance Has Landed! Mars Rover Begins a New Era of Exploration," 18 Feb. 2021 With its ability to precisely map and maneuver around an asteroid, OSIRIS-REx will serve as a pathfinder for future asteroid-mining missions. Dante S. Lauretta, Scientific American, "To Bennu and Back," 1 Aug. 2016 Inside the tents and high bays in South Texas, SpaceX has components for SN6, a separate pathfinder tank that uses a new steel alloy, and SN8. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: South Korea’s SpaceX dilemma, Rocket Lab finds a quick fix," 7 Aug. 2020 The Australian astronomers in the study noted that the objects were found while working on the Evolutionary Map of the Universe Pilot, an all-sky continuum survey, using a square kilometer array pathfinder telescope. Fox News, "4 mystery objects spotted in deep space, unlike anything ever seen," 11 July 2020 Dynetics led the work of building the Space Launch System core stage pathfinder vehicle, which is a life-size, realistic replica of the core stage that crews use to practice moving the core around facilities and test stands. Lee Roop |, al, "Alabama’s Dynetics is this close to building America’s next moon lander," 24 May 2020 Sunday Riley herself needs to issue a sincere, personal apology to her customers via socials media, said Steve Lee, professor of practice at Southern Methodist University and chairman and chief pathfinder of QSI Consulting Group in Dallas. Lateshia Beachum, Washington Post, "Sunday Riley wanted to take out the skincare competition. So it had employees write fake reviews.," 23 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of pathfinder

1840, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pathfinder was in 1840

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27 Mar 2021

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“Pathfinder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 May. 2021.

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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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