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[loh-key-ter, loh-key-ter] /ˈloʊ keɪ tər, loʊˈkeɪ tər/
a person who locates something.
a person who determines or establishes the boundaries of land or a mining claim.
Sometimes, locater.
Origin of locator
1600-10; < Latin locātor a contractor, lessor, equivalent to locā(re) (see locate) + -tor -tor Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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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
  • Now the star map began to glide through the locator plate, carrying the fixed green dot with it.

    The Winds of Time James H. Schmitz
  • It brought the dot up to dead center point in the locator plate and stopped.

    The Winds of Time James H. Schmitz
  • I started taking the big set apart and then remembered the receiver for the locator and got at that, too.

    Four-Day Planet Henry Beam Piper
  • A locator with a hayrack full of seekers was coming at a reckless pace, not stopping for the trails.

    Land of the Burnt Thigh

    Edith Eudora Kohl
  • He soon made the acquaintance of a professional "locator," a human parasite that hovers around the border of all Government land.

    The Land of Lure Elliott Smith
Word Origin and History for locator

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
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locator in Medicine

locator lo·ca·tor (lō'kā'tər)
An instrument or apparatus for finding the position of a foreign object in tissue.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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