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  • n. One who discovers; the person who discovered something.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who discovers; one who first comes to the knowledge of something; one who discovers an unknown country, or a new principle, truth, or fact.
  • n. A scout; an explorer.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who discovers; one who finds out or first comes to the knowledge of something.
  • n. One who uncovers, reveals, or makes known; an informer.
  • n. A scout; an explorer.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone who is the first to think of or make something
  • n. someone who is the first to observe something


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  • On the podium of the digital revolution, he stands a few inches clear of Bill Gates of Microsoft, Larry Page and Sergey Brin of Google and Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, but probably on a level with Tim Berners Lee, the inventor of the worldwide web actually I prefer the word discoverer because it now seems almost impossible to believe that the web was not out there waiting to be found.

    Why I feel such huge gratitude for Steve Jobs's life …. he shaped mine | Henry Porter

  • He abhors the word discoverer, as applied to himself.

    American Men of Mind

  • Burrough therefore is often called the discoverer of Novaya Zemlya, but incorrectly.

    The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II

  • Leng, its discoverer, is well known in the world of Isle of Wight palaeontology for finding a particularly good valdosaur specimen and for discovering Eotyrannus, so he’s a pretty significant guy.

    ‘Angloposeidon’, the unreported story, part I

  • Accordingly, she continued her studies with Professor Albert Zanot, who was well known as the discoverer of new talent.

    Edis De Philippe.

  • Herschel was well known as the discoverer of many clusters, nebulae, and galaxies.

    Weekend SkyWatcher's Forecast – November 13-15, 2009 | Universe Today

  • The discoverer was an amateur archeologist, a former British commandant who had retired here.

    Gold of Kings

  • In the largest block of text on the map, Waldseemueller writes that many things remained unknown to the ancients "in no slight degree; for instance, in the west, America, named after its discoverer, which is now known to be a fourth part of the world."

    Waldseemueller: How Did He Know What He Knew?

  • Parmenides is also identified as the discoverer of the identity of the morning and evening star (Diogenes Laertius IX. 23), and Pythagoras 'claim appears to be based on a poem forged in his name, which was rejected already by Callimachus in the third century BCE (Burkert 1972a, 307).


  • Although he is most widely known as the discoverer of the theory of relativity, he made other vital contributions which are far less well known but which, by themselves, would have placed him in the front ranks of physicists.

    What Einstein Did


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