lode·​stone | \ ˈlōd-ˌstōn How to pronounce lodestone (audio) \
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Definition of lodestone

1 : magnetite possessing polarity
2 : something that strongly attracts

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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.

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the young woman's wealth unfortunately made her a lodestone for fortune hunters
Recent Examples on the Web The lodestone recruit credited with building Alabama’s football dynasty under Nick Saban, Jones is a first ballot Hall of Famer but deserves to be treated as something more. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, 21 May 2021 Both, however, enjoyed blockbuster solo success, releasing seminal GOAT albums (King's singer-songwriter lodestone Tapestry; Turner's resilient comeback classic Private Dancer) and see their impact continue to grow with each passing decade. Joe Lynch, Billboard, 10 Feb. 2021 Early iron compass needles were magnetized by lodestone, or magnetized magnetite minerals, pulled from the Earth. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, 7 Dec. 2019 Objects like lodestones, which had exotic properties, would have been particularly valued in trade. Joshua Rapp Learn, Smithsonian, 6 Aug. 2019 Appropriately, The Times is a lodestone; Gesine reveres it as a voice of reason and propriety sifting the world into sensible sentences. New York Times, 19 July 2019 John Steinbeck’s Travels with Charley is cited as a literary lodestone in Our Towns, along with William Least Heat-Moon’s Blue Highways. Barry Singer, USA TODAY, 8 May 2018 Equally keen not to be eclipsed, Hublot is at the precipice of unveiling a Big Bang crafted of the same lodestone owned and used by 6BC philosopher Thales of Miletus and which has been magnetized by the forcefield surrounding Zeus’s lightning bolts. Wei Koh, A-LIST, 3 Apr. 2018 His unpopularity at home was a lodestone in his presidential campaign, not a victim of that presidential campaign’s failure. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, 10 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of lodestone

circa 1518, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for lodestone

obsolete lode course, from Middle English

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The first known use of lodestone was circa 1518

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25 May 2021

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“Lodestone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lodestone. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of lodestone

: a magnetic rock


lode·​stone | \ ˈlōd-ˌstōn \

Kids Definition of lodestone

: a magnetic rock


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