What is find?

  • (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"
    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:

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 ... Acquiring a junked Mustang, and a special engine his father had kept in trust, he goes to find a way to stop Chrysalis ... While pursuing a lead, he ends up shot, and is witness to Hannah's apparent death, only to find she was trapped in her PRISM ...
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
... II) at a new site about two miles away from the original finds ... 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 ...
Glossary Of Baseball - F - Find His Swing
... 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 ...
Incremental Search - Variants
... Autocomplete, search as you type, filter/find as you type (FAYT), incremental search, typeahead search, inline search, instant search, word wheeling, and other names as well ... 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 ...

More definitions of "find":

  • (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): Come to believe on the basis of emotion, intuitions, or indefinite grounds.
    Example: "I find him to be obnoxious"
    Synonyms: feel
  • (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): Accept and make use of one's personality, abilities, and situation.
    Example: "My son went to Berkeley to find himself"
    Synonyms: find oneself
  • (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): 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): Make a discovery, make a new finding.
    Synonyms: discover
  • (verb): Decide on and make a declaration about.
    Example: "Find someone guilty"
    Synonyms: rule
  • (verb): Come upon, as if by accident; meet with.
    Example: "We find this idea in Plato"
    Synonyms: happen, chance, bump, encounter
  • (verb): Make a discovery.
    Synonyms: discover
  • (verb): Succeed in reaching; arrive at.
    Example: "The arrrow found its mark"

Famous quotes containing the word find:

    I became a virtuoso of deceit. It wasn’t pleasure I was after, it was knowledge. I consulted the strictest moralists to learn how to appear, philosophers to find out what to think and novelists to see what I could get away with. And, in the end, I distilled everything down to one wonderfully simple principle: win or die.
    Christopher Hampton (b. 1946)

    And even so, he’s stale, he’s been there too long.
    Touch him, and you’ll find he’s all gone inside
    just like an old mushroom, all wormy inside, and hollow
    under a smooth skin and an upright appearance.
    —D.H. (David Herbert)

    At a certain age, we have already been struck by love; it no longer develops alone, according to its own mysteries and fateful laws while our hearts stand by startled and passive. We come to its assistance ... Recognizing one of its symptoms, we recall, we bring back to life the others. Since we possess its song engraved in its totality within us, we do not need for a woman to tell us the beginning—filled with admiration inspired by beauty—to find the continuation.
    Marcel Proust (1871–1922)