[loh-key-ter, loh-key-ter]
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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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Related Words for locater

radar, pointer, locater, spotter, discoverer, warner, revealer

Word Origin and History for locater



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

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locater in Medicine


  1. An instrument or apparatus for finding the position of a foreign object in tissue.
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