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lode

[lohd]
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noun
  1. a veinlike deposit, usually metalliferous.
  2. any body of ore set off from adjacent rock formations.
  3. a rich supply or source.
  4. British. a waterway or channel.
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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 confusedload lode
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Examples from the Web for lodes

Historical Examples

  • On the find of gold in the quartzes and the metal-veins and lodes.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 93, December 31, 1887

    Various

  • There are, however, reefs or lodes which are not persistent in depth.

    Getting Gold

    J. C. F. Johnson

  • I shall now treat of preliminary mining on lodes or “reefs.”

    Getting Gold

    J. C. F. Johnson

  • About 75,000 lodes have been discovered in Colorado, and numberless placers.

  • I shall now treat of preliminary mining on lodes or "reefs."

    Getting Gold

    J. C. F. Johnson


British Dictionary definitions for lodes

lode

noun
  1. a deposit of valuable ore occurring between definite limits in the surrounding rock; vein
  2. a deposit of metallic ore filling a fissure in the surrounding rock
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Word Origin

Old English lād course. Compare load
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Word Origin and History for lodes

lode

n.

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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lodes in Science

lode

[lōd]
  1. 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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