dialectal, England : waterway
: an ore deposit
: something that resembles a lode : an abundant store

Examples of lode in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Today, Dahlonega stakes its claim on a rich lode of architecture and history, hiking trails, fall festivals, vineyard tours, and family fun. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 17 Oct. 2023 But doubters — among them geologists — say there’s no lode beneath Mt. Kokoweef. Daniel Miller, Los Angeles Times, 13 Apr. 2023 The lode is not on the island or in it. Jennifer Frazer, Scientific American, 21 Sep. 2020 Annoy, as a sibling on a road trip 55 Get a lode of this! Ross Trudeau, The New Yorker, 10 June 2022 Since the lode was discovered, two of the world’s largest mining corporations, the Anglo-Australian behemoths Rio Tinto and BHP, have been trying to win approval for the extraction of some 1.6 billion tons of copper ore. Max Norman, The New Yorker, 23 July 2021 Even if climate change didn’t exist, the lode would be of great importance. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, 3 May 2021 Developers have long been beckoned by a lode of gold, copper, rhenium and other minerals near southwestern Alaska’s Bristol Bay. Jennifer A Dlouhy, Bloomberg.com, 29 Oct. 2020 In 1883, Adolph Sutro, who made his fortune in the Comstock lode, decided to purchase the Cliff House, after the restaurant’s reputation had fallen. Bill Van Niekerken, SFChronicle.com, 15 Sep. 2020 See More

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Word History


Middle English, from Old English lād course, support; akin to Old English līthan to go — more at lead

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of lode was before the 12th century

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“Lode.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lode. Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: an ore deposit

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