I can think of use discoveries as the things which have been found. Is there a way to do that by transforming the word found? Like we can say "things which belong to you" as "your belongings".

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    对不起, I think you might mean "things which have been found" and "things which belong to you" – jsj May 23 '11 at 10:19
  • Updated. Does the word which matter? – Cheng May 23 '11 at 23:18
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    yes. "Things have been found" is a statement. "Things which have been found" is a noun-phrase. – jsj May 23 '11 at 23:41

This depends on the context:

findings usually refers to things found through investigation:

finding n. A conclusion reached as a result of an inquiry, investigation, or trial

discoveries implies either facts that one has become aware of, things found by accident or chance, or things found as a result of a process (such as oil discovered by exploration)

discover v.

  1. Find (something or someone) unexpectedly or in the course of a search

  2. Become aware of (a fact or situation)

discovery n. A person or thing discovered

find can be used as a noun in some contexts:

find n. (pl. finds) A discovery of something valuable, typically something of archaeological interest

None of these words would really be appropriate for things found in the normal course of life, for example I keep a shoebox of interesting things I have found on the ground out-and-about. It would not really be correct to call them my findings, nor my discoveries, things I found is probably the best word / phrase to use in this context.

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    Yes findings is not used to talk about objects. The noun find can be used, but typically for items of archaeological significance not for everyday things. – z7sg Ѫ May 23 '11 at 11:03
  • @z7sg ahh yes another good one.. I think the plural of that noun is actually finds. I'll add it to the answer. – jsj May 23 '11 at 11:08
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    Actually, "findings" is often used in a jewelry/beading context (my girlfriend's influence here...) to describe the structural members of jewelry. – MT_Head May 24 '11 at 0:39

For things, findings is the correct word, especially in research.

For abandoned children, the word is foundling


Try findings. The infinitive for "found" is "find", thus word "findings" is probably what you are looking for.

  • Yes, that's it. I was thinking foundings, which is wrong. Thank you. – Cheng May 23 '11 at 10:14

Found objects

Miscellaneous discovered objects included in an art piece or exhibited as an art piece are known as ‘found objects’.

A found object is also known as an objet trouvé, from the French for found object.


Contemporary Collage of "found" cigarette butts, by Dan Mountford.


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