Pioneer vs. Explorer - What's the difference?

Wikipedia

  • Explorer

    Exploration is the act of searching for the purpose of discovery of information or resources. Exploration occurs in all non-sessile animal species, including humans. In human history, its most dramatic rise was during the Age of Discovery when European explorers sailed and charted much of the rest of the world for a variety of reasons. Since then, major explorations after the Age of Discovery have occurred for reasons mostly aimed at information discovery. In scientific research, exploration is one of three purposes of empirical research (the other two being description and explanation). The term is often used metaphorically. For example, an individual may speak of exploring the Internet, sexuality, etc.

Wiktionary

  • Pioneer (noun)

    One who goes before, as into the wilderness, preparing the way for others to follow.

  • Pioneer (noun)

    A person or other entity who is first or among the earliest in any field of inquiry, enterprise, or progress.

    "Some people will consider their national heroes to be pioneers of civilization."

    "Certain politicians can be considered as pioneers of reform."

  • Pioneer (noun)

    A soldier detailed or employed to form roads, dig trenches, and make bridges, as an army advances; a sapper.

  • Pioneer (noun)

    A member of any of several European organizations advocating abstinence from alcohol.

  • Pioneer (noun)

    A child of 10–16 years in the former Soviet Union, in the second of the three stages in becoming a member of the Communist Party.

  • Pioneer (verb)

    To go before and prepare or open a way for; to act as pioneer.

  • Explorer (noun)

    One who explores something

  • Explorer (noun)

    A person who by means of travel (notably an expedition) searches out new information.

  • Explorer (noun)

    Any of various hand tools, with sharp points, used in dentistry.

  • Explorer (noun)

    A visual representation of a file system etc. through which the user can navigate.

Oxford Dictionary

  • Pioneer (noun)

    a series of American space probes launched between 1958 and 1973, two of which provided the first clear pictures of Jupiter and Saturn (1973–9).

  • Pioneer (verb)

    develop or be the first to use or apply (a new method, area of knowledge, or activity)

    "the technique was pioneered by a Swiss doctor in the 1930s"

  • Pioneer (verb)

    open up (a road or terrain) as a pioneer.

  • Explorer (noun)

    a person who explores a new or unfamiliar area

    "a polar explorer"

Webster Dictionary

  • Pioneer (noun)

    A soldier detailed or employed to form roads, dig trenches, and make bridges, as an army advances.

  • Pioneer (noun)

    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.

  • Explorer (noun)

    One who explores; also, an apparatus with which one explores, as a diving bell.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Pioneer (noun)

    someone who helps to open up a new line of research or technology or art

  • Pioneer (noun)

    one the first colonists or settler in a new territory;

    "they went west as pioneers with only the possessions they could carry with them"

  • Pioneer (verb)

    open up an area or prepare a way;

    "She pioneered a graduate program for women students"

  • Pioneer (verb)

    take the lead or initiative in; participate in the development of;

    "This South African surgeon pioneered heart transplants"

  • Pioneer (verb)

    open up and explore a new area;

    "pioneer space"

  • Explorer (noun)

    someone who travels into little known regions (especially for some scientific purpose)

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