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 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 Her mother was a pathfinder for her in more than the United Way. Cheryl Hall, Dallas News, "United Way will rename its building in honor of $10 million gift," 9 Jan. 2020 This isn’t the last lift for the core stage pathfinder, either. Lee Roop |, al, "Alabama-built Space Launch System mockup is in NASA spotlight," 27 Aug. 2019 As Elon tweeted, Mk1 served as a valuable manufacturing pathfinder but flight design is quite different. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "SpaceX's Starship Prototype Mk1 Blows Its Top During Cryogenic Pressure Test," 22 Nov. 2019 Alabama companies that also contributed to the pathfinder include Radiance Technologies and Dynetics, Inc. in Huntsville. Lee Roop |, al, "Alabama-built Space Launch System mockup is in NASA spotlight," 27 Aug. 2019 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

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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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“Pathfinder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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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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