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  1. a person who discovers.
  2. (initial capital letter) U.S. Aerospace. one of an early series of polar-orbiting reconnaissance satellites.
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Origin of discoverer

1250–1300; Middle English < Old French descovreur. See discover, -er1
Related formspre·dis·cov·er·er, noun
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  • I shall see that your name is coupled with the Bacillus as that of its discoverer.

  • Balboa resolved to make a name for himself and to be the discoverer of the other sea.

    Introductory American History

    Henry Eldridge Bourne

  • To this he now devoted himself with the passionate enthusiasm of the discoverer.


    Rafael Sabatini

  • She becomes, in reality, less a discoverer than a depositary of secrets.

    The Fortunes Of Glencore

    Charles James Lever

  • Even the discoverer of Quaternions found this a source of much anxiety.