O'Hara has faded fast, but some of his best short stories are lode stars to me of what good fiction can do.
A commonly used definition of a vein or lode is a mineralized mass of rock which is followed for purposes of finding ore.
No one ever saw the vein or lode in the process of formation.
If your father actually succeeded in locating the lode, it is a strike.
But he's going to have to do it—that is, if I ever locate the lode.
Explore your lode along the surface, across, and down its dip.
There would be enough for both if they succeeded in uncovering the lode.
I've been thinking about that lode for twenty years, and do you suppose I could let another man locate it?
A railroad four miles long, conveys the quartz from the lode to the mills.
Now there may be a change; our life will be very different and the children's future brighter if I can find the lode.
original Middle English spelling of load (n.), and custodian of most of the original meaning of "way, course, carrying." Differentiation in sense took place 16c. Mining sense of "vein of metal ore" is from c.1600, from notion of miners "following" it through the rock.