n. One who, or that which, finds; specifically one who discovers lost property. Under larceny, the person who discovers lost property with knowledge it is lost.
The finder of property who voluntarily bona fide takes it into his possession, immediately, thereupon, has imposed upon him by law the duties of a depositary, the mildest type, as regards degree of duty, of bailee. Story, Bailments, §§ 86, 87; Edwards, Bailments (3d ed.) § 18; Paine, Bailments, § 24.
Someone who merely brings parties in touch with each other for a business opportunity.
- (Astron.) A small telescope of low power and large field of view, attached to a larger telescope, for the purpose of finding an object more readily.
- One who lawfully comes to the possession of another's personal property, which was then lost. The finder is entitled to certain rights and liable to duties which he is obliged to perform. This is a species of deposit, which, as it does not arise ex contractu, may be called a quasi-deposit, and it is governed by the same general rules as common deposits. The, finder is required to take the same reasonable ...