Main definitions of pathfinder in US English:

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pathfinder1

noun

  • 1A person who goes ahead and discovers or shows others a path or way.

    • ‘They're the groundbreakers and the pathfinders.’
    • ‘As early as 1821 the enigmatic wanderer Cleng Peerson, ‘the pathfinder of Norwegian emigration,’ traveled to America as an agent for the pioneer emigrants.’
    • ‘She and her husband John had been planning to act as pathfinders for the team.’
    • ‘Which way should we go, then, o exalted pathfinder?’
    • ‘The pathfinder was always looking for a better, safer route.’
    • ‘It's often artists who are the pathfinders, opening up studios and galleries in run-down districts.’
    • ‘They can be described as visionaries, revolutionaries, radicals, liberals, nonconformists, outsiders, insurgents, prophets, pathfinders.’
    • ‘He defines a pathfinder as someone who has been there and knows how to operate in an environment where 20,000 bills are introduced and maybe 2,000 become law.’
    • ‘They will be given access to new roads to God by the pathfinders who followed their own lights and their own experience.’
    • ‘The most advanced pathfinders in the ways of prayer have told of a land beyond that of communion, a land in which God and the God-seeker merge into a single, shared subjectivity.’
    • ‘As the struggle began, these pilots were the pathfinders who flew into the unknown, seeking information on how the USSR might be preparing an attack on the West.’
    • ‘We slipped and slid our way down to the trusty pathfinder.’
    • ‘The pathfinder teams provided tactical ground intelligence to law enforcement aviation assets, during aerial drug sweeps.’
    • ‘Is she seen as a bit of a - well, as you said, a trailblazer, a pathfinder for women, not just in athletics, in that time?’
    • ‘There is no place for the self-absorbed and self-concerned in the ranks of the pathfinders.’
    • ‘Experts and specialists on South Asia were to work as pathfinders.’
    • ‘Did the deputy track him using ancient Indian pathfinder techniques?’
    • ‘The 13 councils, drawn from 88 who applied, will be pathfinders for two years.’
    pioneer, front runner, innovator, trailblazer, groundbreaker, trendsetter, leading light, guiding light, torch-bearer, pacemaker, originator, initiator, developer, discoverer, founder, architect
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    1. 1.1 An aircraft or its pilot sent ahead to locate and mark the target area for bombing.
      • ‘If airborne forces are used, pathfinders will go in ahead of them and among these could be British SAS troopers or soldiers from the Parachute Regiment who are specially trained in this role.’
      • ‘Heavy anti-aircraft fire forced the planes to take evasive action, and even trained pathfinders had trouble finding and marking the drop zones.’
      • ‘It developed more specialised roles such as a torpedo-carrier, a glider tug and a pathfinder.’
      • ‘But no one in FEMA had enough sense to ask about air drops, pathfinders, Special Tactics Teams or anything which could have sent immediate aid.’
      • ‘It had the same role as the original pathfinders of WWII.’
      • ‘It made its mark in the attack on Poland in September 1939 and its versatility was such that it was used as a bomber, reconnaissance plane and as a pathfinder by the Luftwaffe.’
      • ‘It was used as a pathfinder plane during bombing raids on Germany.’
      • ‘But crucially, it was a pathfinder and protector for the big Lancaster bombers - its pilots were the armed racing drivers of the sky.’
      • ‘The pathfinder's primary task is to secure and mark a Drop Zone for the main assault force.’
    2. 1.2usually as modifier An experimental plan or forecast.
      ‘a pathfinder prospectus’
      • ‘The row highlighted the haphazard application of the rules covering pathfinder prospectuses.’
      • ‘City of York Council has been chosen to set up a Children's Trust pathfinder project, which also aims to boost learning.’
      • ‘The lessons from recent operations provided a few pathfinders to spark transformational initiatives.’
      • ‘We do feel that this could be a pathfinder project that could be done in other areas.’
      • ‘It is also part of the Department for Education and Skills' pathfinder programme - which tests new educational initiatives to see if they work.’
      • ‘It is part of the £500m pathfinder scheme introduced with the aim of improving nine rundown areas in the north and the Midlands.’
      • ‘The way that you retire the risks is to have some pathfinder projects.’
      • ‘Though she said the scheme would now cost ‘slightly less’ it seemed there were still not enough funds available in the pathfinder budget for Leeds.’
      • ‘The Government hopes that many of the pathfinders will be run by bodies who have not traditionally led regeneration programmes.’
      • ‘The plans have been drawn up by eight regional pathfinder partnerships across England.’
      • ‘In total, there are nine pathfinder areas, of which three - Manchester, Merseyside and Newcastle - will get major funding this year.’
      • ‘Health bosses now hope to allay concerns by doing more detailed work on the pathfinder projects.’
      • ‘For instance, when a company does decide to float, it needs to find a broker and then publish a pathfinder prospectus.’
      • ‘The federal interdepartmental committee reviewing pathfinder projects specifically indicated its preference for citizen-facing projects.’
      • ‘It is not foolproof yet but promises to be a pathfinder in the local government sector.’
      • ‘The PAD Project is a pathfinder for integrating a crew escape capability into spacecraft design, something that has not been done since the Apollo program.’
      • ‘The firm will issue a pathfinder prospectus later this month.’
      • ‘The bid allocation will be the third highest on offer, with only Manchester and Liverpool getting more out of the nine pathfinder areas.’
      • ‘Proposals that focus only on demolition do not fit with the pathfinder approach and will not be funded by ODPM.’
      • ‘Forces have been asked to nominate a ‘test unit’ - and York's central area has been nominated as a pathfinder from autumn.’
      pioneer, trailblazer, groundbreaker, experimenter, trendsetter, front runner, leader, leading light, guiding light, torch-bearer, pacemaker, originator, instigator, initiator, innovator, avant-gardist, developer, creator, discoverer, founder, founding father, architect
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Pronunciation

pathfinder

/ˈpaTHˌfīndər//ˈpæθˌfaɪndər/

Main definitions of pathfinder in US English:

: pathfinder1Pathfinder2

Pathfinder2

(also Mars Pathfinder)

proper noun

  • An unmanned American spacecraft which landed on Mars in 1997, deploying a small robotic rover (Sojourner) to explore the surface and examine the rocks.

Pronunciation

Pathfinder

/ˈpæθˌfaɪndər//ˈpaTHˌfīndər/