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.
- pathfinding, noun, adjective
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How to use pathfinder in a sentence
“We see this as kind of a pathfinder to help establish this capability that we think is going to be needed in the future to support exploration,” says Paterson.Hermes will be NASA’s mini-weather station for tracking solar activity | Tatyana Woodall | February 6, 2022 | Popular-Science
While they now mostly lead tours through the rugged landscape, their expertise as pathfinders is still an extremely valuable skill.
Eventually, he packed up his Nissan pathfinder and drove back to Iowa.
Perhaps it will be most instructive at this point to quote the words of the great pathfinder himself.The Life of Kit Carson | Edward S. Ellis
The pathfinder has often gotten his hands and face badly torn by the thick brambly thorn bushes as he pushed resolutely on.Quiet Talks with World Winners | S. D. Gordon
Hark'e pathfinder, I very much doubt if this stripe of water here be even a lake; for to me it appears to be only a river.
He accordingly accompanied his niece, leaving Sergeant Dunham and his friend, the pathfinder, alone together.
The fact was; few knew the pathfinder intimately without secretly believing him to be one of extraordinary qualities.
British Dictionary definitions for pathfinder
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
- pathfinding, noun
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