[pahy-uh-neer] /ˌpaɪ əˈnɪər/
a person who is among those who first enter or settle a region, thus opening it for occupation and development by others.
one who is first or among the earliest in any field of inquiry, enterprise, or progress:
pioneers in cancer research.
one of a group of foot soldiers detailed to make roads, dig intrenchments, etc., in advance of the main body.
Ecology. an organism that successfully establishes itself in a barren area, thus starting an ecological cycle of life.
(initial capital letter) Aerospace. one of a series of U.S. space probes that explored the solar system and transmitted scientific information to earth.
(initial capital letter) (formerly) a member of a Communist organization in the Soviet Union for children ranging in age from 10 to 16.
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verb (used without object)
to act as a pioneer.
verb (used with object)
to be the first to open or prepare (a way, settlement, etc.).
to take part in the beginnings of; initiate:
to pioneer an aid program.
to lead the way for (a group); guide.
being the earliest, original, first of a particular kind, etc.:
a pioneer method of adult education.
of, relating to, or characteristic of pioneers:
being a pioneer:
a pioneer fur trader.
an innovator or developer of something new
(military) a member of an infantry group that digs entrenchments, makes roads, etc
(ecology) the first species of plant or animal to colonize an area of bare ground
to be a pioneer (in or of)
(transitive) to initiate, prepare, or open up: to pioneer a medical programme
a total abstainer from alcoholic drink, esp a member of the Pioneer Total Abstinence Association, a society devoted to abstention
any of a series of US spacecraft that studied the solar system, esp Pioneer 10, which made the first flyby of Jupiter (1973), and Pioneer 11, which made the first flyby of Saturn (1979)
1520s, “foot soldier who prepares the way for the army,” from Middle French pionnier “foot-soldier, pioneer,” from Old French paonier “foot-soldier” (11c.), from peon (see pawn (n.2)). Figurative sense of “person who goes first or does something first” is from c.1600. Related: Pioneers.
1780, from pioneer (n.). Related: Pioneered; pioneering.
[pahy-uh-neer] /ˌpaɪ əˈnɪər/ noun 1. a person who is among those who first enter or settle a region, thus opening it for occupation and development by others. 2. one who is first or among the earliest in any field of inquiry, enterprise, or progress: pioneers in cancer research. 3. one of a group of foot […]
/ˈpiːɒpiːɒ/ noun (pl) piopio 1. a New Zealand thrush, Turnagra capensis, thought to be extinct
[pahy-os-i-tee] /paɪˈɒs ɪ ti/ noun, plural piosities. 1. an excessive or obvious show of piety; sanctimoniousness. 2. an act or instance of such piety: the piosities of our Puritan forefathers.
[pahy-uh s] /ˈpaɪ əs/ adjective 1. having or showing a dutiful spirit of reverence for God or an earnest wish to fulfill religious obligations. 2. characterized by a hypocritical concern with virtue or religious devotion; sanctimonious. 3. practiced or used in the name of real or pretended religious motives, or for some ostensibly good object; […]