[ fahyn-ding ]
/ ˈfaɪn dɪŋ /


the act of a person or thing that finds; discovery.
Often findings. something that is found or ascertained.
Law. a decision or verdict after judicial inquiry.
findings, tools, materials, etc., used by artisans.

Nearby words

  1. find true north,
  2. finder,
  3. finder's fee,
  4. finders keepers, losers weepers,
  5. finders, keepers,
  6. findlay,
  7. fine,
  8. fine and dandy,
  9. fine art,
  10. fine arts

Origin of finding

before 1000; Middle English, Old English; see find, -ing1

Related formsnon·find·ing, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for findings


/ (ˈfaɪndɪŋ) /


a thing that is found or discovered
law the conclusion reached after a judicial inquiry; verdict
(plural) US the tools and equipment of an artisan
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Word Origin and History for findings



c.1300, "an abandoned child," verbal noun from find (v.). Cf. foundling. Later, "a discovery; that which is found out" (1590s). Meaning "result of a judicial examination" is from 1859. Related: Findings.

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