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1 a productive insight [syn: discovery, breakthrough]
2 the act of discovering something [syn: discovery, uncovering]


1 come upon, as if by accident; meet with; "We find this idea in Plato"; "I happened upon the most wonderful bakery not very far from here"; "She chanced upon an interesting book in the bookstore the other day" [syn: happen, chance, bump, encounter]
2 discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of; "She detected high levels of lead in her drinking water"; "We found traces of lead in the paint" [syn: detect, observe, discover, notice]
3 come upon after searching; find the location of something that was missed or lost; "Did you find your glasses?"; "I cannot find my gloves!" [syn: regain] [ant: lose]
4 after a calculation, investigation, experiment, survey, or study; "find the product of two numbers"; "The physicist who found the elusive particle won the Nobel Prize" [syn: determine, find out, ascertain]
5 come to believe on the basis of emotion, intuitions, or indefinite grounds; "I feel that he doesn't like me"; "I find him to be obnoxious"; "I found the movie rather entertaining" [syn: feel]
6 perceive or be contemporaneous with; "We found Republicans winning the offices"; "You'll see a lot of cheating in this school"; "I want to see results"; "The 1960 saw the rebellion of the younger generation against established traditions"; "I want to see results" [syn: witness, see]
7 get something or somebody for a specific purpose; "I found this gadget that will serve as a bottle opener"; "I got hold of these tools to fix our plumbing"; "The chairman got hold of a secretary on Friday night to type the urgent letter" [syn: line up, get hold, come up]
8 make a discovery, make a new finding; "Roentgen discovered X-rays"; "Physicists believe they found a new elementary particle" [syn: discover]
9 make a discovery; "She found that he had lied to her"; "The story is false, so far as I can discover" [syn: discover]
10 obtain through effort or management; "She found the time and energy to take care of her aging parents"; "We found the money to send our sons to college"
11 decide on and make a declaration about; "find someone guilty" [syn: rule]
12 receive a specified treatment (abstract); "These aspects of civilization do not find expression or receive an interpretation"; "His movie received a good review"; "I got nothing but trouble for my good intentions" [syn: receive, get, obtain, incur]
13 perceive oneself to be in a certain condition or place; "I found myself in a difficult situation"; "When he woke up, he found himself in a hospital room"
14 get or find back; recover the use of; "She regained control of herself"; "She found her voice and replied quickly" [syn: recover, retrieve, regain]
15 succeed in reaching; arrive at; "The arrrow found its mark"
16 accept and make use of one's personality, abilities, and situation; "My son went to Berkeley to find himself" [syn: find oneself] [also: found]found adj : come upon unexpectedly or after searching; "found art"; "the lost-and-found department" [ant: lost] n : food and lodging provided in addition to money; "they worked for $30 and found"


1 set up or found; "She set up a literacy program" [syn: establish, set up, launch] [ant: abolish]
2 set up or lay the groundwork for; "establish a new department" [syn: establish, plant, constitute, institute]
3 use as a basis for; found on; "base a claim on some observation" [syn: establish, base, ground]found See find

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Etymology 1


  1. past of find

Etymology 2

From founder (French: fonder), from fundare.


  1. to begin building.
  2. to start some type of organization or company.
  • Czech: založit (1,2)
  • Dutch: stichten
  • Esperanto: fondi
  • French: fonder (1,2)
  • Portuguese: fundar
  • Spanish: fundar, instaurar
  • Serbian: osnovati
Related terms

Etymology 3

From fondre.


  1. to melt
  • French: fondre

Extensive Definition

FOUND are an experimental pop band and arts collective from Edinburgh, Scotland. The founding members, Ziggy Campbell, Tommy Perman and Kev Sim met while studying fine art at Gray's School of Art in Aberdeen. They began working on sound art installations together whilst in their final year at college in 2001. Since then they have collaborated on many weird and sometimes wonderful projects. Each project they do is given a catalogue number and documented on their website
In 2005 they formed a band in order to play live music at the openings of their Stop Look Listen exhibition tour (which toured from Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen to The Meffan, Forfar and the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh).
They recruited the keyboard skills of Gavin Sutherland in the summer of 2005 and then Alan Stockdale joined on drums and percussion at the beginning of 2006.
In 2006 FOUND released their debut 7", Mullokian (SP4502), and album, Found Can Move (SPCD01), on Tommy Perman's label Surface Pressure Records. They released two more 7"s from their debut album: Static 68 on Scottish label Creeping Bent and Synth Like Minds on Hamburg-based label Aufgeladen Und Bereit.
In October 2006 FOUND took part in the inaugural BBC Electric Proms with an unusual collaboration with multimedia comedians (nobleandsilver).
In 2007, FOUND were commissioned to create a major sound installation to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop. They produced a piece called Etiquette, which was funded by the PRSFoundation's award for new music and uses some of the technology developed by Reactable. Etiquette was displayed at the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop's Magazine 07 exhibition, during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Newhaven, Edinburgh.
FOUND's second album, This Mess We Keep Reshaping (FNC-085), is released on Fence Records (also see the Fence Collective).
Both FOUND's albums have been supported by the Scottish Arts Council.

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