Definition of discoverer in English:



  • 1The first person to find or explore a place.

    • ‘He is credited with being the first European discoverer of the St. Lawrence River.’
    • ‘Native Americans were living next to the river before de Soto got there, and yet he gets remembered as the discoverer.’
    • ‘It undermined the well-connected Lady Jane Franklin in her obsessive quest to glorify Sir John as discoverer of the Northwest Passage.’
    • ‘So, sometimes, like Columbus, or like other great discoverers, you have to proceed from scientific certainty, rather than trend lines.’
    • ‘Just think of the fame that would be attached to the discoverer of a new planet.’
    • ‘Henry Hudson made four journeys that are recorded in the history books, and is credited as the European discoverer of Hudson Bay.’
    • ‘Its orbit is so eccentric, however, that the discoverers suggested it should be considered a wandering asteroid rather than a true planet.’
    • ‘Rae had been the actual discoverer of the Northwest Passage.’
    • ‘Since 1935 California has celebrated Cabrillo Day on September 28, honoring the discoverer of that state.’
    • ‘The first discoverers of the Solomon Islands were the island peoples themselves.’
    • ‘Some of the first pulsar planet discoveries were later retracted by their discoverers.’
    • ‘The voyage of Columbus is a landmark in the Age of Exploration when numerous discoverers opened up the New World.’
    • ‘What would that have said about us as a culture, to get closeup images from a distant planet within the lifetime of its discoverer?’
    • ‘The discoverers of Mt Morgan, Qld, in 1882 were gamblers who searched where others passed by.’
    • ‘Howard Carter, the actual discoverer of the tomb, who ought to have been the prime victim, lived until 1939.’
    • ‘In 1801, Sir William Herschel, discoverer of the planet Uranus, published a different view.’
    explorer, pioneer
    originator, inventor, creator, deviser, designer
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    1. 1.1 The first person to find or observe a substance or scientific phenomenon.
      ‘many chemical processes are named after their original discoverers’
      • ‘Many chemical processes are named after their original discoverers.’
      • ‘In keeping with astronomical tradition, the new planetary nebula will probably be named after its lead discoverer.’
      • ‘Not only was Harvey not the discoverer of the circulatory system, he was not the first in Europe.’
      • ‘The discoverer must propose new laws of nature to explain an observation.’
      • ‘Its discoverers have placed it in our genus, together with the much longer extinct Homo erectus and Homo habilis.’
      • ‘The discoverers of the DNA structure, James Watson, at left, and Francis Crick, look at their model of a DNA molecule.’
      • ‘In particular, she wants Matthew to be the discoverer of a form of infinite free energy.’
      • ‘As any scientist knows, a hypothesis is as precious to its discoverer as a child to its parents.’
      • ‘The discoverers were sure, he says, that antiprotons did indeed exist, although he doubted that they could be observed.’
      • ‘Mica was first mined by the discoverer Sam Ruggles.’
      • ‘Today, it is well known that Brownianmotion, named for its discoverer, is due to unbalanced molecularimpacts on colloidal particles.’
      • ‘While a controversy ensued, Hansen rightfully received acknowledgment as the discoverer of the leprosy bacillus.’
      • ‘The French discoverer circulated plaster casts of the skull to major names in archaeology before publishing his findings.’
      • ‘This process produces an alkane and is named the Clemmensen reaction after its discoverer.’
      • ‘He identified the Hindu mathematician Madhava as the first discoverer of these series.’
      • ‘A discoverer always thinks too much of his novelty.’
      • ‘He, in fact, was the discoverer of the world's longest worm.’
      • ‘There was also the perhaps unspoken rivalry between the two great discoverers of this art form.’
      • ‘We, of course, have shorter canines still, and this is the major reason why the discoverers think that it is part of the human line.’
      • ‘In Germany around 1952, Otto Hahn, the discoverer of fission, was asked by reporters about the feasibility of fusion.’