\ ˈlōd How to pronounce lode (audio) \

Definition of lode

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

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The lode, which was named after Henry Comstock, was the first major discovery of silver in the United States. Jonah Raskin, SFChronicle.com, "‘The Bonanza King,’ by Gregory Crouch: Biography of an inconspicuous millionaire," 25 June 2018 New Yorkers welcomed speckled Asian pears; papaya with its lode of dripping black seeds; rough-skinned litchi disclosing creamy white flesh; knobby cherimoya with guts of custard; star fruit with its sharp angles and plasticized shine. New York Times, "How the Kiwi Changed New York’s Food Scene," 16 Apr. 2018 Yet no embarrassing revelations from that lode have emerged — so far — nor has Russian unleashed its propaganda networks and bots to spread fake news. Trudy Rubin, Philly.com, "'Mother' Merkel, who knows how to deal with Russian hacking, set to win German elections," 14 Sep. 2017 In the 1860s, gold miners moved into the Paradise Valley to work the lodes. Jim Robbins, WSJ, "A Road Trip Through Montana’s Still-Wild Frontier," 19 July 2017 Investigators unknowingly hit the moon mother lode in 2003 while searching the garage of a man later convicted of stealing and selling museum artifacts, including some that were on loan from NASA. Bloomberg.com, "Moon Dust Heading to Auction After Galactic Court Battle," 20 July 2017 Investigators unknowingly hit the moon mother lode in 2003 while searching the garage of a man later convicted of stealing and selling museum artifacts, including some that were on loan from NASA. Chicago Tribune And News Service Reports, chicagotribune.com, "Moon dust bag suburban woman bought for $995 could fetch millions at auction," 20 July 2017 The senior baseball writer for ESPN Insider, a former special assistant to the general manager for the Toronto Blue Jays and a Harvard grad in economics with a Carnegie Mellon MBA has a mother lode of new-age digits in his arsenal. Tom Hoffarth, Orange County Register, "Hoffarth on the media: ESPN’s Keith Law brings order to new-age MLB stats," 20 June 2017 Lodes credited his players for adjusting to him and each other, with several new players in from North. Steve Millar, Daily Southtown, "Spring notes: Doubles teams deliver success for Lincoln-Way East," 14 May 2017

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First Known Use of lode

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

History and Etymology for lode

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

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English Language Learners Definition of lode

: an amount of a mineral (such as gold or silver) that fills a crack or space in rock

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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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