Definition of lodestone
1 : magnetite possessing polarity
2 : something that strongly attracts
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Examples of lodestone in a Sentence
the young woman's wealth unfortunately made her a lodestone for fortune hunters
Recent Examples of lodestone from the Web
The director pays close attention to the details of this ramshackle house, which begins as an emotional lodestone for C and eventually becomes something approaching a prison.
The shot turned a two-point deficit into a one-point lead, the lodestone in a stunning, 11-0 run in the final, furious 138 seconds of Game 3 of the NBA Finals.
Of the three polar features on Mercator’s sixteenth-century map—the mountain, the maelstrom, and the open polar sea—only the lodestone mountain turned out to be a myth.
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Did You Know?
Lodestone is made up of distinctly English components, ones that have been part of our language since before the 12th century. "Lode" comes from the Old English "lād," which means "way, journey, course." The word stone derives from the Old English "stān," which had the same meaning as the modern term "stone." When the two ancient words were combined to form "lodestone" around 1515, the new term referred to magnetite, an oxide of iron that forms a natural magnet.
Origin and Etymology of lodestone
obsolete lode course, from Middle English
First Known Use: circa 1515See Words from the same year
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Definition of lodestone for English Language Learners
: a magnetic rock
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Definition of lodestone for Students
: a magnetic rock
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