Origin of loadstone
- a variety of magnetite that possesses magnetic polarity and attracts iron.
- a piece of this serving as a magnet.
- something that attracts strongly.
Origin of lodestone
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Examples from the Web for loadstone
The Loadstone Rock was drawing him, and he must sail on, until he struck.A Tale of Two Cities
One came from the finding of the loadstone, or natural magnet.Discoverers and Explorers
Edward R. Shaw
She drew as potently, and to all appearances as impassively, as a loadstone.Bonaventure
George Washington Cable
Then the heap of money was a loadstone for all their hungry eyes.Bidwell's Travels, from Wall Street to London Prison
Austin Biron Bidwell
They made small boats, but were ignorant of the loadstone and the compass.The Discovery of America Vol. 1 (of 2)
- a variant spelling of lodestone
- a rock that consists of pure or nearly pure magnetite and thus is naturally magnetic
- a piece of such rock, which can be used as a magnet and which was formerly used as a primitive compass
- a person or thing regarded as a focus of attraction
C16: literally: guiding stone
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Word Origin and History for loadstone
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A piece of the mineral magnetite that acts like a magnet.
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