1A person who goes ahead and discovers or shows others a path or way.
- 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?
- They're the groundbreakers and the pathfinders.
- They can be described as visionaries, revolutionaries, radicals, liberals, nonconformists, outsiders, insurgents, prophets, pathfinders.
1.1An aircraft or its pilot sent ahead to locate and mark the target area for bombing.
- 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 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 developed more specialised roles such as a torpedo-carrier, a glider tug and a pathfinder.
1.2 [usually as modifier] An experimental plan or forecast: a pathfinder prospectus
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- The row highlighted the haphazard application of the rules covering pathfinder prospectuses.
- The federal interdepartmental committee reviewing pathfinder projects specifically indicated its preference for citizen-facing projects.
- The plans have been drawn up by eight regional pathfinder partnerships across England.