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locator

[loh-key-ter, loh-key-ter]
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noun
  1. a person who locates something.
  2. a person who determines or establishes the boundaries of land or a mining claim.
Sometimes lo·cat·er.

Origin of locator

1600–10; < Latin locātor a contractor, lessor, equivalent to locā(re) (see locate) + -tor -tor
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Examples from the Web for locator

Historical Examples

  • He sensed Kerim's eyes on him but kept his gaze fixed on the locator plate.

    The Winds of Time

    James H. Schmitz

  • "Three miles from the buffalo waller," our locator had said.

    Land of the Burnt Thigh

    Edith Eudora Kohl

  • But the locator was not disturbed by a little thing like that.

    Land of the Burnt Thigh

    Edith Eudora Kohl

  • The locator signal is almost exactly north-by-northeast of us.

    Four-Day Planet

    Henry Beam Piper

  • It brought the dot up to dead center point in the locator plate and stopped.

    The Winds of Time

    James H. Schmitz


Word Origin and History for locator

n.

c.1600, of persons, from Latin locator, agent noun from locare (see locate). Of things which locate, from 1902.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

locator in Medicine

locator

(lōkā′tər)
n.
  1. An instrument or apparatus for finding the position of a foreign object in tissue.
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