from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Something that has been found.
  • n. A conclusion reached after examination or investigation: the finding of a grand jury; a coroner's findings.
  • n. A statement or document containing an authoritative decision or conclusion: a presidential finding that authorized the covert operation.
  • n. Small tools and materials used by an artisan: a jeweler's findings.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A result of research or an investigation.
  • n. A formal conclusion by a judge, jury or regulatory agency on issues of fact.
  • n. A self-contained component of assembled jewellery.
  • v. Present participle of find.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. That which is found, come upon, or provided; esp. (pl.), that which a journeyman artisan finds or provides for himself; as tools, trimmings, etc.
  • n. Support; maintenance; that which is provided for one; expence; provision.
  • n. The result of a judicial examination or inquiry, especially into some matter of fact; a verdict.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of discovering or ascertaining; discovery.
  • n. That which is found by observation or search; especially, in law, a statement of a conclusion arrived at by the judicial trial of an issue.
  • n. That which is provided for one's support or maintenance; expense.
  • n. plural The tools, appliances, and materials which some workmen have to furnish in their employment, particularly those used by shoemakers; hence, in the United States, shoemakers' supplies in general, excepting leather: as, leather and findings.

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

  • n. the decision of a court on issues of fact or law
  • n. the act of determining the properties of something, usually by research or calculation
  • n. something that is found


Sorry, no etymologies found.


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