lo·​ca·​tor ˈlō-ˌkā-tər How to pronounce locator (audio)
variants or less commonly locater
: one that locates something (such as a mining claim or the course of a road)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Luckily, the Patania landed with its locator system intact, sending acoustic pings up to the ship. WIRED, 28 Feb. 2023 Then, at the end, the audience gets a locator moment. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, 20 Feb. 2023 Irias set a locator pin on her cellphone to remember where Rosy was staying, hoping to find and help her once more. San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Jan. 2023 These advances make things possible that sound great to a customer, like an iPhone’s tracking capability, for instance, or a Tesla’s charging station locator. Kevin O'marah, Forbes, 26 Jan. 2023 Namor wants to find the person who made a vibranium locator device. Chris Smith, BGR, 3 Nov. 2022 To boost their efforts, lead agency MDHA created a housing locator team in January to deal exclusively in engaging landlords. Dallas News, 8 Sep. 2022 Each of the skiers in his group had a locator beacon, which reportedly allowed the victim's friends to find him in the snow. Abigail Adams, Peoplemag, 12 Jan. 2023 The National Transportation Safety Board called Tuesday for stepped up inspections and renewed its call for personal locator beacons for each crew member. Patrick Whittle, BostonGlobe.com, 14 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1784, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of locator was in 1784

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Cite this Entry

“Locator.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/locator. Accessed 22 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


variants also locater
ˈlō-ˌkāt-ər How to pronounce locator (audio)
: one that locates something (as a mining claim or the course of a road)

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