For those who have been ‘eluded’ by the “older meanings” of ‘find’ (OED III. 18), “to supply, provide, furnish, which would imply that findings are supplies, provisions, furnishings”:
Merriam-Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary provides further definitions and examples of the “older meaning of ‘find’”: To provide for the use of, provide with, SUPPLY <“For selected children the church FINDS half of this sum, leaving the parent to FIND the rest.”— Ernest & Pearl Beaglehole>.
Often used with “in’: <“There’d be all the neighbors to FIND IN [supply] the victuals and drink.”—Rachel Henning>.
Also used in the sense of to provide (room and board) especially as a condition of employment. <“He was chopping by day’s work—75 cents a day—and FOUND [provided/supplied] himself.”—Herman Melville>.
Often used in the phrases ‘everything found,’ ‘all found’[everything provided] <“Combining business and pleasure in a new kind of holiday camp with ALL FOUND [everything supplied/provided].”—Fred Majdalany> <“No worries and everything found [supplied/provided], and lots of Saturday-night spirits.”—George Moore>.
This older sense is also still used to mean ‘equip with what is necessary,’ especially in reference to boats. <The boat comes fully FOUND, ready to go.—‘Holiday’> <2004 “Fully FOUND and superbly equipped for comfortable cruising.” [boat for sale]>
Also, a FINDER is defined as one who deals in ‘findings’ (tools, materials, etc., used by artisans, such as those of a shoemaker) [Merriam-Webster’s]].
Ken G – December 27, 2004
Reply from Ken Greenwald (Fort Collins, CO - U.S.A.)