find·​er | \ˈfīn-dər \

Definition of finder 

1 : one that finds

2 : a small astronomical telescope of low power and wide field attached to a larger telescope for finding an object

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Describing himself as a fossil-finder rather than a whale-hugger, the Smithsonian Institution paleontologist travels the world to find out how, when and why baleen whales became the giants of the ocean. Karin Altenberg, WSJ, "What to Give: Nature Books," 15 Nov. 2018 In addition to the Premiere and Premiere+ players, Roku announced an upgrade to its $99 Ultra set-top box with an improved remote finder that also has a few new tones, including the Game of Thrones theme music. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "New Roku Premiere devices make 4K HDR streaming as affordable as $39," 24 Sep. 2018 The brand has thankfully taken this into consideration and is launching a shade finder tool online. Lindsay Schallon, Glamour, "MAC Is Now Offering 60 Shades of Foundation," 5 Sep. 2018 The university said that fact-finders were briefing the board on Monday. Mitch Stacy, The Seattle Times, "Ohio State trustees set Wednesday meeting on Meyer’s future," 20 Aug. 2018 Each penny has a redemption code on the back, and the finder has to go to to redeem the code by December 31. Megan Friedman, Good Housekeeping, "There Are 100 "Lucky Pennies" Scattered Across the Country That Are Worth $1,000 Each," 20 Oct. 2016 That would put Northgate and other finders on the hook for additional reporting requirements and state oversight. James Rufus Koren,, "Latest battle over California lending market: Should grocery stores offer large loans?," 12 July 2018 RentHoop is another roommate finder, active in California and Washington. Danielle Braff,, "Fallen out of love with your roommate? Find your next one Tinder-style," 18 Jan. 2018 Andy peers into the fish-finder; Barry tells another story; Allie lights another cigarette. Ben Lowy, Smithsonian, "The Lionfish Have Invaded, But a Ragtag Army of Divers and Chefs Are Fighting Back," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of finder

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of finder

: a person who finds something that was lost



Legal Definition of finder 

1 : one that finds the finder of lost property has a right to it as against the world, except against the true ownerMcDonald v. Railway Express Agency, 81 S.E.2d 525 (1954)

2 : one that for a fee discovers a financial opportunity, passes it on to another, and may act as a go-between for but does not participate in subsequent negotiations between the involved parties — compare broker

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