- 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 lodestone
Beale Street drew them, it has been said, “like a lodestone.”Stanley Booth on the Life and Hard Times of Blues Genius Furry Lewis
June 7, 2014
It was my lodestone, my centering point, my story as a journalist covering Germany and the East Bloc.Scaling the Berlin Wall
Michael R. Meyer
October 31, 2009
These properties of amber and lodestone appear to have been widely known.Heroes of the Telegraph
It was the lodestone which had served to draw this woman once more into the danger zone.Pathfinder
His glance went to the portrait, and his feet followed, as to a lodestone.Coniston, Complete
That thought became his lodestone, and he left all his other work to accomplish it.Historic Inventions
Rupert S. Holland
How early the compass, or lodestone, was known in the North is uncertain.In Northern Mists (Volume 2 of 2)
- 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 lodestone
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A piece of the mineral magnetite that acts like a magnet.
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