[ 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 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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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.

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Medicine definitions for locator


[ lōkā′tər ]


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