pathfinder

[ path-fahyn-der, pahth‐ ]
/ ˈpæθˌfaɪn dər, ˈpɑθ‐ /

noun

a person who finds or makes a path, way, route, etc., especially through a previously unexplored or untraveled wilderness.
an airplane, or a person dropped from a plane, sent into a target area to illuminate the area for succeeding aircraft.
a radar beacon beamed into a target area to provide guidance for missiles seeking the target.
(initial capital letter) an unmanned spacecraft that landed on Mars on July 4, 1997, to obtain climatic and geologic data.

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Origin of pathfinder

An Americanism dating back to 1830–40; path + finder

OTHER WORDS FROM pathfinder

pathfinding, noun, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for pathfinder

pathfinder
/ (ˈpɑːθˌfaɪndə) /

noun

a person who makes or finds a way, esp through unexplored areas or fields of knowledge
an aircraft or parachutist who indicates a target area by dropping flares, etc
a radar device used for navigation or homing onto a target

Derived forms of pathfinder

pathfinding, noun
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Medical definitions for pathfinder

pathfinder
[ păthfīn′dər ]

n.

A filiform bougie for introduction through a narrow stricture as a guide for the passage of a larger instrument.
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