• "He could hardly find words to welcome them."
    "He could hardly find words to welcome them."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n finding the act of determining the properties of something, usually by research or calculation "the determination of molecular structures"
    • n finding the decision of a court on issues of fact or law
    • n finding something that is found "the findings in the gastrointestinal tract indicate that he died several hours after dinner","an area rich in archaeological findings"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Tilly, Kate and Bessy find the bird Tilly, Kate and Bessy find the bird
Come to pry into things, and look about and find out, that wuzn't a real ship Come to pry into things, and look about and find out, that wuzn't a real ship
Abeille finds herself among the little men Abeille finds herself among the little men
The farmer finds the queen weeping by the palanquin The farmer finds the queen weeping by the palanquin
The Princess Finds Horns on her Head The Princess Finds Horns on her Head
The Child Finds the Feather Dress The Child Finds the Feather Dress

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Many koalas are killed in sanctuaries by cars of visitors. 2. A newborn koala finds its way to the mother's pouch by following a trail of saliva.
    • Finding Support; maintenance; that which is provided for one; expence; provision.
    • Finding That which is found, come upon, or provided; esp. (pl.), that which a journeyman artisan finds or provides for himself; as tools, trimmings, etc. "When a man hath been laboring . . . in the deep mines of knowledge, hath furnished out his findings in all their equipage."
    • Finding (Law) The result of a judicial examination or inquiry, especially into some matter of fact; a verdict; as, the finding of a jury. "After his friends finding and his rent."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: When ants find food, they lay down a chemical trail, called a pheromone, so that other ants can find their way from the nest to the food source.
    • n finding The act of discovering or ascertaining; discovery.
    • n finding That which is found by observation or search; especially, in law, a statement of a conclusion arrived at by the judicial trial of an issue.
    • n finding That which is provided for one's support or maintenance; expense.
    • n finding plural The tools, appliances, and materials which some workmen have to furnish in their employment, particularly those used by shoemakers; hence, in the United States, shoemakers' supplies in general, excepting leather: as, leather and findings.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Airport security personnel find about six weapons a day searching passengers.
    • Finding act of one who finds: that which is found: a judicial verdict:
    • Finding (pl.) the appliances which some workmen have to supply, esp. of shoemakers—everything save leather
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  • William J. Durant
    “Tired mothers find that spanking takes less time than reasoning and penetrates sooner to the seat of the memory.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
    “There is no rule more invariable than that we are paid for our suspicions by finding what we suspect.”
  • Anthony J. D'Angelo
    Anthony J. D'Angelo
    “Learn not only to find what you like, learn to like what you find.”
  • Matthew Fox
    Matthew Fox
    “Inner work is finding joy in work. Our real work is heart work and soul work.”
  • Abraham Lincoln
    “People who like this sort of thing will find this the sort of thing they like.”
  • Thomas A. Edison
    “There's a way to do better... find it.”


Devil finds work for idle hands - When people say that the devil finds work for idle hands, they mean that if people don't have anything to do with their time, they are more likely to get involved in trouble and criminality.
Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while - This expression means that even if people are ineffective or misguided, sometimes they can still be correct just by being lucky.
Find your feet - When you are finding your feet, you are in the process of gaining confidence and experience in something.
Your sins will find you out - This idiom means that things you do wrong will become known.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. findan; Ger. finden.


In literature:

I spent my first holidays in London at Uncle James's, and my brother John came there, and I was surprised to find what a big fellow he was.
"On the Banks of the Amazon" by W.H.G. Kingston
I was glad to find that some deep caves had been dug, in which Emily and her companions could find shelter.
"In the Eastern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston
Before Mr. Hall, the route agent, left Atlanta he had examined the pouch carefully, but could find no marks of its having been tampered with.
"The Expressman and the Detective" by Allan Pinkerton
He would find Kitty, and when he found her he would find her heart as well.
"The Lure of the Mask" by Harold MacGrath
If they find so much happiness with them, they will not dream of seeking it elsewhere.
"The Autobiography of Madame Guyon" by Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
I recollect finding nothing that belongs to you.
"The Pirate of Panama" by William MacLeod Raine
It is the child-spirit that finds life's golden gates, and that finds them all ajar.
"My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year" by John Henry Jowett
At last, finding there was no help for it, I went back to the cabin.
"In the Wilds of Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston
There is a way down, and I will find it out somehow without you telling me a word.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
Generally for Eustace, but sometimes perhaps for Anastasia, as we find Stacey used as a female name (Chapter III).
"The Romance of Names" by Ernest Weekley

In poetry:

Because he makes the hearts
Of the poor o'erjoyed
By trying to find work for them
When they're unemployed.
"To Mr James Scrymgeour, Dundee" by William Topaz McGonagall
Oh how oft I wake and find
I have been forgetting thee!
I am never from thy mind:
Thou it is that wakest me.
"To My God" by George MacDonald
What he was and what he is
They who ask may haply find,
If they read this prayer of his
Which he left behind.
"Andrew Rykman’s Prayer" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Children looked into tall trees
And old eyes looked behind;
God in His glad October
No sullen man could find.
"You And Yellow Air" by John Shaw Neilson
Have mercy, Lord, on me,
As Thou wert ever kind;
Let me, oppressed with loads of guilt,
Thy wonted mercy find.
"Have mercy, Lord, on me," by Nahum Tate and Nicholas Brady
Once more together we will live,
For I will find her yet:
I have so little to forgive;
So much, I can't forget.
"The Ballad of Camden Town" by James Elroy Flecker

In news:

In "The Words," Bradley Cooper plays a struggling writer who finds sudden success with a story he finds, and then claims as his own.
It stands to reason that the popular 2003 Disney-Pixar animated film Finding Nemo would find its way into the Disney theme parks.
Having information at your disposal is taken for granted in today's world, but in research, having the right information can make the difference between finding exactly what you want, or not finding anything close to what you're looking for.
While a bookstore will order Finding Faith in the City Care Forgot for you, it's not likely you will find it on the shelf.
While police work to find out who was behind the wheel, her friends and family struggle to find a way to cope.
Here, too, we find a beautiful tribute to a familiar Brooklyn eatery that the poet likens to heaven where he finds "My parents easing into their booth,/Regular as clockwork or ritual, How strange to know death made them happy.".
It's not hard to find good pizza in Fort Worth, but it is hard to find it fast.
It's not because we have trouble finding people, but finding the right chemistry with the guys we already have is more important than making a quick hire .
An important part of finding the right job is helping potential employers find you.
B e prepared to find yourself trying to find sympathy and compassion for the Siegels, the lavish family front and center in Lauren Greenfield's documentary The Queen of Versailles.
I am looking for a new hunting jacket , I hate being cold, So I am trying to find the warmest, toughest (since this will be used for deer and pheasant hunting as well) coat I can find.
(MoneyWatch) Finding a job is never easy, but if you've been fired, you have one more hurdle to jump in order to find success.
Cuteness abounds at this shoe, gift, and clothing boutique, where princesses can find colorful shoes from Jumping Jacks, Lelli Kelly, and Primigi and mountain climbers can find Umis.
You can find many videos there, although I'm isolating this one while musing on what it is about pies in the face we find so entertaining, time after time after time.
"I think of it as matchmaking," she says, "finding new audiences for excellent poets and finding exciting new poets for audiences all over the state.

In science:

Find a link between the representation theory of the cyclotomic Schur algebras and the modular representation theory of the finite groups of Lie type.
The representation theory of the Ariki-Koike and cyclotomic q-Schur algebras
Find a good tensor product operation for the categories H -mod and S (Λ)-mod.
The representation theory of the Ariki-Koike and cyclotomic q-Schur algebras
Find an analogue of the Steinberg tensor product theorem for the cyclotomic Schur algebras.
The representation theory of the Ariki-Koike and cyclotomic q-Schur algebras
Find a lifting g ∈ A1 such that ¯g = g mod J .
Algorithmic proofs of two theorems of Stafford
Finding ground states can be reduced to the problem of finding the maximum flow on a graph [22, 35] for which there exists polynomial time algorithms.
Ground state numerical study of the three-dimensional random field Ising model