lo·​ca·​tor | \ ˈlō-ˌkā-tər How to pronounce locator (audio) , 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 the city’s Board of Elections poll locator website. Azi Paybarah, New York Times, "New York Primary Elections: Who’s Running for Queens D.A.," 25 June 2019 The site also includes a place for feedback, locator maps, addresses, and phone numbers. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Downriver dining guide website helps you find a place to eat," 5 July 2019 According to the locator app on Alexander’s phone, the 17-year-old was nearby. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "A teenager didn’t come home. An iPhone app led her mother to a ravine.," 17 June 2019 Not according to the federal prisons’ inmate locator system and not according to his defense attorney. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Tension at Troy City Council meeting as fingers point at mayor," 12 June 2019 The presence of a post office or a contract postal unit was determined using the U.S. Postal Service online post office locator. Alex Mierjeski, ProPublica, "How We Tallied Alaska Villages Without Local Law Enforcement," 16 May 2019 Some include 90-day underwater locator beacons, of obvious importance given the torturous experience of MH370. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Why We Need a New Black Box," 7 May 2019 Treatment locators like those provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) often include whether a provider accepts sliding scale fees. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "7 Ways to Find an Actually Affordable Therapist," 15 Feb. 2019 Advocates had been relying heavily on the government’s online inmate locator to keep track of clients, said Christie Turner, deputy director of legal services at the legal group KIND. Alicia A. Caldwell, WSJ, "Inside the Trump Administration’s Chaotic Effort to Reunite Migrant Families," 27 July 2018

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First Known Use of locator

1784, in the meaning defined above

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