• WordNet 3.6
    • v pioneer open up and explore a new area "pioneer space"
    • v pioneer take the lead or initiative in; participate in the development of "This South African surgeon pioneered heart transplants"
    • v pioneer open up an area or prepare a way "She pioneered a graduate program for women students"
    • n pioneer one the first colonists or settlers in a new territory "they went west as pioneers with only the possessions they could carry with them"
    • n pioneer someone who helps to open up a new line of research or technology or art
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Back in 1919, the Russian transplant pioneer Serge Voronoff made headlines by grafting monkey testicles onto human males.
    • Pioneer (Mil) A soldier detailed or employed to form roads, dig trenches, and make bridges, as an army advances.
    • Pioneer One who goes before, as into the wilderness, preparing the way for others to follow; as, pioneers of civilization; pioneers of reform.
    • Pioneer To go before, and prepare or open a way for; to act as pioneer.
    • Pioneer to take part in the early development of; to break ground in; to invent or originate.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Lillian Moller Gilbreth (1878-1972), the mother of 12 children, had good reason to improve the efficiency and convenience of household items. A pioneer in ergonomics, Gilbreth patented many devices, including an electric food mixer, and the trash can with step-on lid-opener that can be found in most households today.
    • n pioneer Milit.. one of a party or company of foot-soldiers who march before or with an army, and are furnished with digging- and cutting-implements, to clear the way of obstructions, repair the roads, dig intrenchments, etc.
    • n pioneer One who or that which goes before and opens and leads or prepares the way for others coming after; specifically, a first or early explorer or experimenter in any department of human enterprise.
    • pioneer To go before and open (a way); lead or prepare the way to or for.
    • pioneer To act as pioneer; clear the way; remove obstructions.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first lightweight luggage designed for air travel was conceived by aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart.
    • n Pioneer pī-ō-nēr′ one of a party of soldiers who clear the road before an army, sink mines, &c.: one who goes before to prepare the way for others
    • v.t Pioneer to act as pioneer to
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  • Robert Osborne
    Robert Osborne
    “America once had the clarity of the pioneer ax.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “You can always tell who the pioneers are because they have arrows in their back and are lying face down in the dirt.”
  • Edna Ferber
    Edna Ferber
    “I am not belittling the brave pioneer men but the sunbonnet as well as the sombrero has helped to settle this glorious land of ours.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “The pioneer who fought for his liberties now has descendants who take them.”
  • Thomas J. Watson
    “Once an organization loses its spirit of pioneering and rests on its early work, its progress stops.”
  • Albert Einstein
    “The pioneers of a warless world are the young men and women who refuse military service.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. pionier, orig., a foot soldier, OF. peonier, fr. OF. peon, a foot soldier, F. pion,. See Pawn in chess


In literature:

The pioneer has no object save to get rich; the government of pioneers has no object save to develop the country quickly.
"Appearances" by Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson
Isn't it wonderful to be a real pioneer?
"Winning the Wilderness" by Margaret Hill McCarter
These must be other pioneers, she said to herself, whose ancestors Virginia delighted to honor.
"Virginia of Elk Creek Valley" by Mary Ellen Chase
During the first year the pioneer often raised no crops and lived upon his savings or his borrowings.
"The New Nation" by Frederic L. Paxson
It troubled these pioneers little that they were plunging into a sea of enemies.
"History of the War in South Africa 1899-1902 v. 1 (of 4)" by Frederick Maurice
We have now to speak of Herschel's pioneering work in the skies.
"A Popular History of Astronomy During the Nineteenth Century" by Agnes M. (Agnes Mary) Clerke
The pioneer of to-day doesn't need any more than the pioneer of a hundred years ago.
"One Way Out" by William Carleton
One of these pioneer girls, who certainly would have been patrol leader of her troop and marched them to victory with her, was Anna Shaw.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
This is a name well known to coffee men, the world over, as the pioneer coffee-growing country of the western hemisphere.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
It was the advance-guard of pioneering man, driving the wilderness deeper and deeper into the North.
"The Prairie Child" by Arthur Stringer

In poetry:

The fisher on our coast, the pioneer
Who strives the distant wilderness to tame;
The Indian hunter, wild unknown to fear,
On his swift horse swooping upon his game
"Farewell To Lord And Lady Dufferin" by Nora Pembroke
O you daughters of the west!
O you young and elder daughters! O you mothers and you wives!
Never must you be divided, in our ranks you move united,
Pioneers! O pioneers!
"Pioneers! O Pioneers!" by Walt Whitman
There let him rest, while the great ages roll,
Reaping the harvest which his hand has sown.
Thou noble worker of the grand, firm soul,
Thou pioneer of brotherhood, sleep on!
"By The Grave of Livingstone" by Alexander Anderson
O resistless, restless race!
O beloved race in all! O my breast aches with tender love for all!
O I mourn and yet exult—I am rapt with love for all,
Pioneers! O pioneers!
"Pioneers! O Pioneers!" by Walt Whitman
We primeval forests felling,
We the rivers stemming, vexing we, and piercing deep the mines
We the surface broad surveying, we the virgin soil upheaving,
Pioneers! O pioneers!
"Pioneers! O Pioneers!" by Walt Whitman
All the hapless silent lovers,
All the prisoners in the prisons, all the righteous and the wicked,
All the joyous, all the sorrowing, all the living, all the dying,
Pioneers! O pioneers!
"Pioneers! O Pioneers!" by Walt Whitman

In news:

Inventor as an Architect and a Cast-Iron Pioneer.
Pioneer Valley League title game.
Susan Maas Special to the Pioneer Press.
Attending were Myrlie Beasley Evers, the widow of the civil rights pioneer, and the Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus.
This holiday commemorates the arrival of the Pioneers in the Salt Lake Valley on July 24, 1847.
Civic leader Korth local pioneer in seat belt use.
One of the neighborhood's great historians and civic pioneers died last week after a life spent in celebration of his adopted home.
Hal Jackson, whose pioneering radio career started in Washington in the 1930s, stayed on the air into his 90s.
Michael Mancuso/The Times of Trenton Civil rights pioneer Edith Savage Jennings, here in a 2008 portrait, was honored today by Gov Chris Christie.
To play a baseball game in the Pioneer League last week.
MATLAB Creator Cleve Moler Wins Computer Pioneer Award.
Want to say goodbye to Pioneer Square's Elliott Bay Book Company.
VANCOUVER — Whistler freestyle skiing pioneer Sarah Burke remains in critical condition in a coma after suffering an injury during a training run on the superpipe at a personal sponsor event Tuesday.
Whistler freestyle skiing pioneer Sarah Burke remains in critical condition in a coma after suffering.
The comedy world lost a true pioneer yesterday, as Phyllis Diller passed away at the age of 95.

In science:

That massless fields of all spins have to admit some formulation in M4 was argued by Fronsdal in the pioneering paper where it was also stressed that such infinite sets of massless fields have to form representations of the extension of the 4d conformal group su(2, 2) to sp(8|R).
Free Field Dynamics in the Generalized AdS (Super)Space
This approach was pioneered by A. R´enyi , J.
Information theory and generalized statistics
Then we review the Anderson model, introducing the phase space approach to this model pioneered by Gilles Poirot, and summarizing the results of .
Random Matrices and the Anderson Model
Note that the work of Allegrini et al can be regarded as a pioneering attempt in this new direction.
From Knowledge, Knowability and the Search for Objective Randomness to a New Vision of Complexity
For distinguishing two mixed quantum states, a general expression for the minimum achievable error probability, PE , has been derived in the pioneering work by Helstrom .
Distinguishing mixed quantum states: Minimum-error discrimination versus optimum unambiguous discrimination