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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Whole Foods stores vary by location, so use their store locator to confirm. Rachel E. Greenspan, Time, "Here's Everything That's Open and Closed on Labor Day 2019," 31 Aug. 2019 That's It's store locator to find them in your area 8. Samantha Cassetty, NBC News, "Back to school: 9 lower-sugar snacks and treats for kids you can feel good about," 21 Aug. 2019 Stockton is incarcerated in a low security federal prison in Texas, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons inmate locator website. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Republican Party of San Diego County launches “news” website for political purposes," 20 Aug. 2019 Quinones, 42, used his Spot personal locator beacon to summon an ambulance and a Lake County Sheriff’s deputy. oregonlive.com, "Diabetic Oregon man, 72, who survived 5 days in desert after stranding Jeep, is feeling lucky and grateful," 3 Aug. 2019 One other item to consider from the electronics world: personal locator beacons or satellite communication devices, which can send an SOS signal from places where cellphones don’t get service. Los Angeles Times, "The 10 essentials every hiker should carry," 2 Aug. 2019 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

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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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