finder

noun

find·​er ˈfīn-dər How to pronounce finder (audio)
1
: one that finds
2
: a small astronomical telescope of low power and wide field attached to a larger telescope for finding an object
3

Examples of finder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The miscellanea included twisted wood, yellowed newspaper clippings, a Russian verb finder and piles of paintings. Alex Vadukul, New York Times, 26 Jan. 2024 Meanwhile, the program finder and career readiness learning modules assist them in identifying skill-building programs that match their career goals and building essential career readiness skills. Hilary Tetenbaum, USA TODAY, 26 Jan. 2024 The question is also a fact-specific one, and in the U.S. court system, district courts are considered the main finders of fact. Henry Gass, The Christian Science Monitor, 2 Feb. 2024 Her next podcast guest didn’t even require a finder’s fee. Ct Jones, Rolling Stone, 17 Jan. 2024 For more details on finder scopes, check out the instructions that came with the telescope, and also check out my column from last week. Mike Lynch, Twin Cities, 21 Jan. 2024 Channel finder, what channel is CBS Sports Network on in my area? oregonlive, 16 Sep. 2023 After taking a few more pictures of the shipwreck on the fish finder, Wollak and Henley went on their way. Praveena Somasundaram, Washington Post, 20 Dec. 2023 Medicare's online plan finder provides details on the Advantage and Part D drug plans available by ZIP code. Julie Appleby, CBS News, 16 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of finder was in the 14th century

Cite this Entry

“Finder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/finder. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

finder

noun
find·​er ˈfīn-dər How to pronounce finder (audio)
: one that finds: as
a
: a small telescope attached to a larger one for finding an object
b
: a device on a camera that shows the view being photographed by the camera

Legal Definition

finder

noun
find·​er
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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