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loadstar

[lohd-stahr]
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noun
  1. lodestar.
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lodestar

or load·star

[lohd-stahr]
noun
  1. a star that shows the way.
  2. Polaris.
  3. something that serves as a guide or on which the attention is fixed.
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Origin of lodestar

First recorded in 1325–75, lodestar is from the Middle English word loode sterre. See lode, star
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Examples from the Web for loadstar

Historical Examples

  • The feather in the hat of Lewis was the loadstar of victory.

    The History of England from the Accession of James II.

    Thomas Babington Macaulay

  • In the home she is "loadstone to all hearts, and loadstar to all eyes."

    Character

    Samuel Smiles

  • In the home, she is the "loadstone to all hearts, and loadstar to all eyes."

  • Heart-broken as I am, I should desire to carry away one memory at least of her whose love was the loadstar of my existence.'

    Lord Kilgobbin

    Charles Lever

  • She has led me to hope it may, and that hope is the loadstar of my existence; and one with which I will never part.

    The Ruined Cities of Zululand

    Hugh Mulleneux Walmsley


British Dictionary definitions for loadstar

loadstar

noun
  1. a variant spelling of lodestar
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lodestar

loadstar

noun
  1. a star, esp the North Star, used in navigation or astronomy as a point of reference
  2. something that serves as a guide or model
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Word Origin

C14: literally, guiding star. See lode
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Word Origin and History for loadstar

lodestar

n.

late 14c. (late 13c. as a surname), an old name for the pole star (cf. Old Norse leiðarstjarna) as the star that "leads the way" in navigation; from lode (n.) + star (n.). Figurative use from late 14c.

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loadstar in Science

lodestar

  1. A star, especially Polaris, that is used as a point of reference.
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