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[lohd] /loʊd/
a veinlike deposit, usually metalliferous.
any body of ore set off from adjacent rock formations.
a rich supply or source.
British. a waterway or channel.
Origin of lode
before 900; Middle English; Old English lād way, course, carrying; cognate with Old Norse leith way, route, Old High German leita procession. See load, lade, lead1
Can be confused
load, lode. Unabridged
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  • The lode descends steeply, and the excavation must follow its course.

  • A railroad four miles long, conveys the quartz from the lode to the mills.

  • When he crosses a lode, its bending is supposed to indicate the presence thereof.


    Benjamin Taylor
  • To strike a lode and win a braw lass a' in the day, ye may say.

    They of the High Trails

    Hamlin Garland
  • Mebbe he believes that bunk about the lode being copper, and mebbe he don't.

    Bloom of Cactus Robert Ames Bennet
  • I give you my word, Slade, this is the only mine or lode of which I know.

    Bloom of Cactus Robert Ames Bennet
  • And tell them we've devised a way to mine the lode without them—got that?

    The Native Soil Alan Edward Nourse
  • Silver seldom is found in a lode extending with any great regularity.

    Picked up at Sea J.C. Hutcheson
  • No one ever saw the vein or lode in the process of formation.

British Dictionary definitions for lode


a deposit of valuable ore occurring between definite limits in the surrounding rock; vein
a deposit of metallic ore filling a fissure in the surrounding rock
Word Origin
Old English lād course. Compare load
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Word Origin and History for 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.

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lode in Science
A vein of mineral ore that is deposited between clearly demarcated layers of rock or that fills a fissure in a rock formation.
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