Meaning of pathfinder

path•find•er

Pronunciation: (path'fīn"dur, päth'-), [key]
— n.
  1. a person who finds or makes a path, way, route, etc.,esp. through a previously unexplored or untraveled wilderness.
  2. an airplane, or a person dropped from a plane, sent into a target area to illuminate the area for succeeding aircraft.
  3. a radar beacon beamed into a target area to provide guidance for missiles seeking the target.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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