lo·​ca·​tor | \ ˈlō-ˌkā-tər , lō-ˈkā-\
variants: or less commonly locater

Definition of locator

: one that locates something (such as a mining claim or the course of a road)

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Check your local store's specific opening time through their store locator feature. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Here Are Walmart's Christmas Hours, Just in Case You Left Someone off Your List," 12 Dec. 2018 Riders will have to use Uber’s dedicated poll locator button in the app in order to get the discount. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Uber is offering $10 off rides to polling locations on Election Day," 24 Oct. 2018 The cockpit voice recorder has emitted locator pings through the water but has so far eluded divers. Ben Otto, WSJ, "Investigators Download 69 Hours of Data From Crashed Lion Air Jet," 4 Nov. 2018 Hours may vary by location, so use the online store locators or call ahead to be sure. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "These Grocery Stores Will Be Open on Christmas Day and Christmas Eve," 25 Oct. 2018 To find a participating pharmacy near your home, go to disposemymeds.org and click on the locator link. Rachael Moeller Gorman, Good Housekeeping, "Is Your Tap Water Safe?," 15 Aug. 2012 According to Olsen, a trooper helicopter was launched shortly after 6:15 p.m. Wednesday when the agency received a report that an emergency locator beacon had been activated near Eagle River along the Crow Pass Trail. Matt Tunseth, Anchorage Daily News, "‘I’ll never forget him’: Alaskan husky rescues injured hiker crossing frigid Eagle River along Crow Pass Trail," 22 June 2018 The book splits the U.P. into three sections, each fronted by a locator map showing the location of every bar, the pages where each can be found in the book, and highways that suggest the paths of long-distance bar crawls. John Carlisle, Detroit Free Press, "Father, son bond writing U.P. bars book and it becomes a cult classic," 10 June 2018 If the website doesn’t show the voter’s current address, a voter can use the board’s polling place locator to find the right voting location for the voter’s new address. Brian Witte, The Seattle Times, "Voter registration error triggers confusion in Maryland," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of locator

1784, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of locator was in 1784

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