• WordNet 3.6
    • n finder optical device that helps a user to find the target of interest
    • n finder someone who is the first to observe something
    • n finder someone who comes upon something after searching
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Finder (Micros) A slide ruled in squares, so as to assist in locating particular points in the field of vision.
    • Finder (Astron) One who, or that which, finds;
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n finder One who or that which finds or discovers. Specifically— One who finds or determines after search or inquiry.
    • n finder An inventor, deviser, or originator.
    • n finder A poet.
    • n finder In the customs, a searcher employed to discover goods imported or exported without paying custom.
    • n finder A smaller telescope attached to a larger, for the purpose of finding an object more readily.
    • n finder An extra lens or other device attached to a photographic camera for the purpose of showing on a small supplementary ground glass, or otherwise, the position of the picture in the field of the sensitized plate: used in cameras for making instantaneous pictures.
    • n finder A microscopic slide divided by fine lines into a number of minute squares, used to locate exactly any point of especial interest in the field of the microscope. By noting the square which covers the point in question, the observer is enabled to bring it at once into view.
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Finders keepers, losers weepers - Whoever finds something can keep it. This is often shortened to 'finders keepers'.


In literature:

I am a professional car finder.
"Ralph on the Engine" by Allen Chapman
Again Peter failed to explain he was the finder.
"Christopher Hibbault, Roadmaker" by Marguerite Bryant
Naturally, the finder refuses.
"Arizona's Yesterday" by John H. Cady
And now the great finder of hidden things began calling down sleep with all his might over that one remaining.
"Eskimo Folktales" by Unknown
He was over it in less than ten minutes, flying high to clear the tiny dots slipping swiftly across his view-finder.
"The Hammer of Thor" by Charles Willard Diffin
A few radio image-finders on the house-tops.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science September 1930" by Various
The finder is welcome to the lot.
"Afloat on the Ohio" by Reuben Gold Thwaites
Garboreggg adjusted a second control that was something like a range-finder.
"Raiders of the Universes" by Donald Wandrei
The log contained a promise of a thousand ducats to the finder on delivering it to the King of Spain.
"Christopher Columbus and His Monument Columbia" by Various
The finder must shoot at the deer with his bow and arrow from the very spot whence he saw it.
"Boy Scouts Handbook" by Boy Scouts of America

In poetry:

The poet has been called of old,
Maker, seeker, finder, singer:
Which of these names, I would be told,
Best describes our best joy bringer.
"The poet" by William Bell Scott
At her low quaint wheel she sits to spin,
Deftly drawing the long, light rolls
Of carded wool through her finders thin,
By the fireside at the Isles of Shoals.
"Karen" by Celia Laighton Thaxter
Far up the long gullies the timber-trucks went,
Over tracks that seemed hopeless, by bark hut and tent;
And the gaunt timber-finder, who rode at his ease,
Led them on to a gully of stringy-bark trees.
"The Stringy-Bark Tree" by Henry Lawson

In news:

Fox Calls on Parkinson's Patients To Join 'Fox Trail Finder '.
Lumber Liquidators – North America's largest specialty retailer of wood flooring – recently introduced a new version of its Floor Finder application with features that make finding the perfect floor a breeze.
FUGITIVE FINDER Mission Child Molestation Suspect.
Relaunch of features new product finder with fast and easy navigation.
Find breaking news & mutual fund news on performance, risk & rankings, assets & holdings, fees & expenses, company research, charts, quotes and a fund finder.
Are you a finder, grinder — or minder.
Are you a firm's finder, grinder or minder.
Finding holiday craft ideas is simple with our easy-to-use Holiday Handmade Crafts and Gift Finder.
Finder's Keepers: 2012's Stories To Hang On To.
See why and what help is available in this Fact Finder Report.
Details in this Fact Finder Report.
Fact Finders won't reveal her last name.
Next we set the third member mounting surface at zero degrees vertical using a digital angle finder from Summit Racing Equipment.
Holiday Cookie Finder and new eBook.
Fact Finder follows up to a story regarding Iowa legislation to ban the use of cell phones while driving.

In science:

SPIE , 4854, 116 (2003). Ford, V. G., Hull, A., Shaklan, S., Levine, M., White, M., Lowman, A., Cohen, E., “Terrestrial Planet Finder Coronagraph”, Proc.
Coronographic Methods for the Detection of Terrestrial Planets
Track Finders (TF) collect these vectors from the difierent stations and combine them to form muon tracks.
The CMS High Level Trigger
Fig. 1.— Finder charts for all three systems.
Three Wide-Separation L dwarf Companions from the Two Micron All Sky Survey: Gl 337C, Gl 618.1B, and HD 89744B
Microwave Anisotropy Probe, Next Generation Space Telescope, Terrestrial Planet Finder) Lagrange points are expected to be the orbits of choice.
Space Robotics Part 2: Space-based Manipulators
The Binary Stars Finder Code is an analysis tool that can identify the presence of binary systems in a dense cluster of particles.
Long-term stability of collisionless equilibrium configurations; algorithms