1A person who is among the first to explore or settle a new country or area.
- The decision came a month before the start of the Winter Olympics in Utah and can be expected to put the spotlight on plural marriages that once thrived among Mormon pioneers who settled here.
- Those astronauts who died were explorers, pioneers and the last of the frontiersmen.
- What if the pioneers had settled America from west to east - from California toward the Atlantic - instead of the other way around?
1.1A person who is among the first to research and develop a new area of knowledge or activity: a famous pioneer of birth control
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- Anaesthesiologists have been pioneers in developing and applying patient simulators for research and training.
- Dr. Goldson was a pioneer in developing cancer-fighting treatments.
- Born in Hungary in 1879, Rudolph Laban was a pioneer in developing the academic and scientific aspects of dance.
1.2(In the former Soviet Union and other communist countries) a member of a movement for children below the age of sixteen that aimed to foster communist ideals.
- The Pioneer movement was in fact, if not officially, controlled by the Communist Party.
- Pioneers swear in fidelity to the Communist Party and Lenin.
- In the preparation of Pioneers for the construction of communism and the defense of the socialist homeland the military games occupy a relevant place
1.3A member of an infantry group preparing roads or terrain for the main body of troops.
- First and foremost, assault pioneers are infantrymen.
- The idea of combining different arms was not new but for the sappers and the pioneers there were significant lessons learned throughout the deployment as a joint group.
- Artilleryman, medics, pioneers and mortarmen, were all needed and eager Diggers stepped forward to fill the ranks.
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1Develop or be the first to use or apply (a new method, area of knowledge, or activity): he has pioneered a number of innovative techniques
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- Mr Budge said he would overcome the geological problems with so-called retreat mining, a technique successfully pioneered at Selby.
- Against opposition from Technicolor labs, Cardiff also successfully pioneered the use of fog filters on Black Narcissus.
- The superbly organized anti-slavery committee also pioneered several techniques used ever since.
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