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  1. a person or thing that finds.
  2. Photography.
    1. a range finder.
    2. Also called viewfinder.a camera part or attachment enabling a photographer to determine what will be included in the picture.
  3. Astronomy. a small, wide-angled telescope attached to a larger one for locating objects to be studied.
  4. a person or firm that acts as agent in initiating a business transaction.
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Origin of finder

First recorded in 1250–1300, finder is from the Middle English word findere. See find, -er1
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Related Words for finder

claimant, appropriator, discoverer, spotter, sight, radar, periscope, sonar, viewfinder, bombsight

Examples from the Web for finder

Historical Examples of finder

  • And I read the finder scales of the television instrument to him.

    Astounding Stories of Super-Science September 1930


  • It remained to be seen who the finder was and what he would do.

    Cap'n Eri

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • The argument of the court goes on the plaintiff's not being a finder.

    The Common Law

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

  • "And they say nobody but the finder need apply," interrupted another.

  • In case of success, a third of the treasure goes to the finder.

British Dictionary definitions for finder


  1. a person or thing that finds
  2. physics a small low-power wide-angle telescope fitted to a more powerful larger telescope, used to locate celestial objects to be studied by the larger instrument
  3. photog short for viewfinder
  4. finders keepers informal whoever finds something has the right to keep it
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