Find v. t. [imp. & p. p. Found p. pr. & vb. n. Finding.]
1. To meet with, or light upon, accidentally; to gain the first sight or knowledge of, as of something new, or unknown; hence, to fall in with, as a person.
Searching the window for a flint, I found
This paper, thus sealed up. --Shak.
In woods and forests thou art found. --Cowley.
2. To learn by experience or trial; to perceive; to experience; to discover by the intellect or the feelings; to detect; to feel. “I find you passing gentle.”
The torrid zone is now found habitable. --Cowley.
3. To come upon by seeking; as, to find something lost. (a) To discover by sounding; as, to find bottom. (b) To discover by study or experiment direct to an object or end; as, water is found to be a compound substance. (c) To gain, as the object of desire or effort; as, to find leisure; to find means. (d) To attain to; to arrive at; to acquire.
Seek, and ye shall find. --Matt. vii. 7.
Every mountain now hath found a tongue. --Byron.
4. To provide for; to supply; to furnish; as, to find food for workemen; he finds his nephew in money.
Wages £14 and all found. --London Times.
Nothing a day and find yourself. --Dickens.
5. To arrive at, as a conclusion; to determine as true; to establish; as, to find a verdict; to find a true bill (of indictment) against an accused person.
To find his title with some shows of truth. --Shak.
To find out, to detect (a thief); to discover (a secret) -- to solve or unriddle (a parable or enigma); to understand. “Canst thou by searching find out God?” --Job. xi. 7. “We do hope to find out all your tricks.” --Milton.
To find fault with, to blame; to censure.
To find one's self, to be; to fare; -- often used in speaking of health; as, how do you find yourself this morning?
1. That which is found, come upon, or provided; esp. (pl.), that which a journeyman artisan finds or provides for himself; as tools, trimmings, etc.
When a man hath been laboring . . . in the deep mines of knowledge, hath furnished out his findings in all their equipage. --Milton.
2. Support; maintenance; that which is provided for one; expence; provision.
3. Law The result of a judicial examination or inquiry, especially into some matter of fact; a verdict; as, the finding of a jury.
After his friends finding and his rent. --Chaucer.
n 1: the act of determining the properties of something [syn: determination]
2: the decision of a court on issues of fact or law
3: something that is found; "the findings in the
gastrointestinal tract indicate that he died several hours
after dinner"; "an area rich in archaelogical findings"