lodestone or load·stone [lohd-stohn] EXAMPLES|WORD ORIGIN noun a variety of magnetite that possesses magnetic polarity and attracts iron. a piece of this serving as a magnet. something that attracts strongly. Liberaldictionary.com

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  • Origin of lodestone 1505–15; lode (in obsolete sense “way, course”) + stone Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Examples from the Web for lodestone Contemporary Examples of lodestone

  • Beale Street drew them, it has been said, “like a lodestone.”

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  • It was my lodestone, my centering point, my story as a journalist covering Germany and the East Bloc.

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  • Historical Examples of lodestone

  • These properties of amber and lodestone appear to have been widely known.

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  • It was the lodestone which had served to draw this woman once more into the danger zone.


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  • His glance went to the portrait, and his feet followed, as to a lodestone.

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  • That thought became his lodestone, and he left all his other work to accomplish it.

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  • How early the compass, or lodestone, was known in the North is uncertain.

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  • British Dictionary definitions for lodestone lodestone loadstone noun

    1. a rock that consists of pure or nearly pure magnetite and thus is naturally magnetic
    2. a piece of such rock, which can be used as a magnet and which was formerly used as a primitive compass

    a person or thing regarded as a focus of attraction Word Origin for lodestone C16: literally: guiding stone Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Word Origin and History for lodestone n.

    “magnetically polarized oxide of iron,” 1510s, literally “way-stone,” from lode + stone (n.). So called because it was used to make compass magnets to guide mariners. Figurative use from 1570s.

    Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper lodestone in Science lodestone A piece of the mineral magnetite that acts like a magnet. The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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