What is find?

  • (verb): Make a discovery.
    Synonyms: discover
    See also — Additional definitions below


In Unix-like and some other operating systems, find is a command-line utility that searches through one or more directory trees of a file system, locates files based on some user-specified criteria and applies a user-specified action on each matched file. The possible search criteria include a pattern to match against the file name or a time range to match against the modification time or access time of the file. By default, find returns a list of all files below the current working directory.

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Some articles on find:

Incremental Search - Variants
... also been referred to as Autocomplete, search as you type, filter/find as you type (FAYT), incremental search, typeahead search, inline search, instant search, word wheeling, and other names ... Some common keyboard shortcuts for incremental find are Ctrl/Cmd-F (like for traditional find), the GNU-style / (also applicable to Vim), or Emacs-style C-s ...
Glossary Of Baseball - F - Find His Swing
... When a batter has experienced a slump, he may take extra practice or instruction to "find his swing." Perhaps he has a hitch in his swing, or his batting stance has changed ... Having "lost his swing," now he must "find it." This phrase is also used in golf ...
Coriander - Variation in Taste Response
... A minority of people find the taste and smell reminiscent of soap, and thus find it offensive ... having no response to the aromatic chemical that most find pleasant, while simultaneously being sensitive to certain offending unsaturated aldehydes ...
Piltdown Man - Find - The Sheffield Park Find
... a second skull (Piltdown II) at a new site about two miles away from the original finds ... So far as is known, the site was never identified and the finds appear largely undocumented ... Woodward did not present the new finds to the Society until five months after Dawson's death in August 1916 and deliberately implied that he knew where they had been found ...
Knight Rider 2010 - Plot
... Jake is then hunted down after Jared has his data, and eventually finds his way back home, only to find his father near death ... and a special engine his father had kept in trust, he goes to find a way to stop Chrysalis ... he ends up shot, and is witness to Hannah's apparent death, only to find she was trapped in her PRISM ...

More definitions of "find":

  • (verb): Perceive or be contemporaneous with.
    Synonyms: witness, see
  • (verb): After a calculation, investigation, experiment, survey, or study.
    Example: "Find the product of two numbers"
    Synonyms: determine, find out, ascertain
  • (verb): Accept and make use of one's personality, abilities, and situation.
    Example: "My son went to Berkeley to find himself"
    Synonyms: find oneself
  • (verb): Come upon after searching; find the location of something that was missed or lost.
    Example: "Did you find your glasses?"; "I cannot find my gloves!"
    Synonyms: regain
  • (verb): Receive a specified treatment (abstract).
    Example: "These aspects of civilization do not find expression or receive an interpretation"
    Synonyms: receive, get, obtain, incur
  • (verb): Come upon, as if by accident; meet with.
    Example: "We find this idea in Plato"
    Synonyms: happen, chance, bump, encounter
  • (verb): Succeed in reaching; arrive at.
    Example: "The arrrow found its mark"
  • (verb): Come to believe on the basis of emotion, intuitions, or indefinite grounds.
    Example: "I find him to be obnoxious"
    Synonyms: feel
  • (verb): Perceive oneself to be in a certain condition or place.
    Example: "I found myself in a difficult situation"; "When he woke up, he found himself in a hospital room"
  • (verb): Obtain through effort or management.
    Example: "She found the time and energy to take care of her aging parents"; "We found the money to send our sons to college"
  • (verb): Make a discovery, make a new finding.
    Synonyms: discover
  • (verb): Decide on and make a declaration about.
    Example: "Find someone guilty"
    Synonyms: rule

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    It is a great shock at the age of five or six to find that in a world of Gary Coopers you are the Indian.
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    Beauty, like all other qualities presented to human experience, is relative; and the definition of it becomes unmeaning and useless in proportion to its abstractness. To define beauty not in the most abstract, but in the most concrete terms possible, not to find a universal formula for it, but the formula which expresses most adequately this or that special manifestation of it, is the aim of the true student of aesthetics.
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    I find that I sent wolves not shepherds to govern Ireland, for they have left me nothing but ashes and carcasses to reign over!
    Elizabeth I (1533–1603)