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[fahyn-der] /ˈfaɪn dər/
a person or thing that finds.
  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.
Astronomy. a small, wide-angled telescope attached to a larger one for locating objects to be studied.
a person or firm that acts as agent in initiating a business transaction.
Origin of finder
1250-1300; Middle English findere. See find, -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • If it turns out to be scientifically important, the center will register it, and the fossil's finder retains ownership.
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  • If your house keys are lost, you certainly don't want the finder to know where you live.
  • Science is a fact finder, not a platform for developing a new government.
  • Instead of paying a licensing fee they simply infringed and the finder of fact has determined they did so willingly.
  • Then it should be returned to the finder to do with as they please.
  • The provost's role in those determinations often became that of gatekeeper and fact-finder.
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  • First, unlike some corporate internal inquiries, this one is and will remain an independent finder of facts.
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British Dictionary definitions for finder


a person or thing that finds
(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
(photog) short for viewfinder
(informal) finders keepers, whoever finds something has the right to keep it
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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finder in Technology
operating system
The part of the Macintosh Operating System and GUI that simulates the desktop. The multitasking version of Finder was called "MultiFinder" until multitasking was integrated into the core of the OS with the introduction of System 7.0 in 1990.
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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