Definitions for: Pioneer

[n] one the first colonists or settler in a new territory; "they went west as pioneers with only the possessions they could carry with them"
[n] someone who helps to open up a new line of research or technology or art
[v] take the lead or initiative in; participate in the development of; "This South African surgeon pioneered heart transplants"
[v] open up an area or prepare a way; "She pioneered a graduate program for women students"

Webster (1913) Definition: Pi`o*neer", n. [F. pionier, orig., a foot soldier, OF.
peonier, fr. OF. peon a foot soldier, F. pion. See Pawn in
1. (Mil.) A soldier detailed or employed to form roads, dig
trenches, and make bridges, as an army advances.

2. One who goes before, as into the wilderness, preparing the
way for others to follow; as, pioneers of civilization;
pioneers of reform.

Pi`o*neer", v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. Pioneered; p.
pr. & vb. n. Pioneering.]
To go before, and prepare or open a way for; to act as

Synonyms: initiate, innovator, open up

See Also: activate, actuate, arrange, attempt, backwoodsman, Bowie, bring about, bushman, cause, Chapman, colonist, conceiver, constitute, devise, do, establish, found, frontiersman, frontierswoman, get up, innovate, institute, introduce, James Bowie, John Chapman, Johnny Appleseed, launch, machinate, make, mastermind, mount, mountain man, organise, organize, originator, plant, prepare, set about, set off, settler, spark, spark off, stage, strike up, touch off, trigger, trigger off, trip, undertake

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