lodestone

noun lode·stone \-ˌstōn\

Definition of lodestone

  1. 1 :  magnetite possessing polarity

  2. 2 :  something that strongly attracts

Examples of lodestone in a sentence

  1. <the young woman's wealth unfortunately made her a lodestone for fortune hunters>

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.

Variants of lodestone

less commonly

\-ˌstōn\

Origin and Etymology of lodestone

obsolete lode course, from Middle English


First Known Use: circa 1515


LODESTONE Defined for English Language Learners

lodestone

noun lode·stone \-ˌstōn\

Definition of lodestone for English Language Learners

  • : a magnetic rock


LODESTONE Defined for Kids

lodestone

noun lode·stone \ˈlōd-ˌstōn\

Definition of lodestone for Students

  1. :  a magnetic rock



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