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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The brand actually offers a finder’s fee to people recommending a potential site for the businesses ambitious growth plans. Kate Hardcastle, Forbes, 30 June 2022 Under that agreement, the Bavarian government will pay Young a finder’s fee on top of the cost of storing, insuring and shipping the bust back to Germany, the Art Newspaper reported. Washington Post, 10 May 2022 The fact-finder is expected to release a recommendation by Sept. 29. Sharon Coolidge, The Enquirer, 19 Sep. 2022 The Atlantic Shark Institute shared the image captured on its fish finder to its social media accounts, saying researchers estimated the apparent megalodon to be about 50 feet long and weigh 40 tons. Stephen Sorace, Fox News, 7 Sep. 2022 Researchers from the Atlantic Shark Institute, a Rhode Island based nonprofit that works in shark research and conservation, picked up a shape on its sonar fish finder that looked like the megalodon, also known as the meg. Saleen Martin, USA TODAY, 7 Sep. 2022 His fish finder shows him depth, water temperature and what lies beneath. Steven E. Banks, Los Angeles Times, 9 May 2022 Channel finder, more ways to watch: Verizon Fios, AT&T U-verse, Comcast / Xfinity, Spectrum/Charter, Optimum/Altice, Cox, DIRECTV, Dish. oregonlive, 19 Oct. 2022 Around Greater Cincinnati, gas prices are ranging between $3.49 to $3.69 per gallon as of Tuesday, according to GasBuddy's gas finder map. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 27 Sep. 2022 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 9 Dec. 2022.

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 owner McDonald 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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