being a pioneer, one of the first to settle a region, thus opening it for occupation and development by others: This early pioneering family helped open up western Victoria in Australia.
being among the first in any field of inquiry or activity; being among those spearheading an initiative of some kind: Ours is a pioneering institution, continually advancing the understanding of medicine through groundbreaking research.
Ecology. (of an organism) successfully establishing itself in a barren area, thus starting an ecological cycle of life: Pioneering species can initiate recovery on drastically disturbed sites like that of the former gas plant.
the act or process of being a pioneer; the early settling of land, or the first forays into some type of activity: I read about that forward-thinking doctor in an article on the pioneering of in vitro fertilization.
- un·pi·o·neer·ing, adjective
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How to use pioneering in a sentence
Oregon wine pioneer David Lett first planted pinot gris in the Willamette Valley in 1970, and today his son Jason continues to produce the standard-bearer for this grape in the Pacific Northwest.Food-friendly wines to pair with your Thanksgiving dishes | Dave McIntyre | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
Snapchat helped pioneer the use of lenses on faces in photos and videos to turn ordinary picture messages into fantastical creations where humans can look like, say, cats, and even cats can wear festival-chic flower crowns.Snap acquired Voisey, an app to create music tracks overlaying your own vocals | Ingrid Lunden | November 20, 2020 | TechCrunch
Evenflo’s general counsel could not be reached for comment but has said in the past that the company has been a pioneer in side-impact testing and that its seats are safe, effective and affordable.House Subcommittee Says Proposed Booster Seat Safety Rules Fall Short | by Patricia Callahan | November 19, 2020 | ProPublica
You remember, there is a story about solar impulse with Bertrand Piccard, a pioneer who did a world tour with a plane powered by the sun.Leveraging collective intelligence and AI to benefit society | Jason Sparapani | November 18, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
That policy gives Nio, which is pioneering battery-swapping services, greater flexibility on how it prices its models.A six-year-old Chinese electric vehicle startup is now more valuable than GM | eamonbarrett | November 13, 2020 | Fortune
I think they could learn something from their pioneering forebear.David Garth, the Consultant Who Talked Up to Voters | Jeff Greenfield | December 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Violence against women continues to plague Turkey, and a pioneering new female political party blames Erdogan's machismo.
The pioneering geographer Bernard Nietschmann once contended “more indigenous territory has been claimed by maps than by guns.”
A pioneering photographer in the 1950s, Bunny Yeager discovered the iconic Bettie Page and helped establish pin-ups.
Veteran illustrator Howard Brodie was on the case, pioneering the rising art form.O.J., Martha, Jagger, and Manson: Capturing Celebrities in the Dock | Justin Jones | May 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Interplanetary commerce, if and when it begins, will be fraught with all of the dangers that accompany pioneering expeditions.Spacewrecked on Venus | Neil R. Jones
Men cherished easy mental ruts grooved by the unprogressive centuries; pioneering paths were only for the few.Mountain | Clement Wood
Language could scarcely overstate the enormous precedence of Spain over all other nations in the pioneering of the New World.The Spanish Pioneers | Charles F. Lummis
Then while she preserved, canned, and pickled them, there was little time to long for pioneering in the West.Susan B. Anthony | Alma Lutz
There had been, however, a measure of pioneering in several of these directions.America's Munitions 1917-1918 | Benedict Crowell