loadstone

[lohd-stohn]
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noun


Nearby words

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  8. loaf bread,
  9. loaf pan,
  10. loaf sugar

Origin of loadstone

1505–15; earlier load lode + stone

lodestone

or load·stone

[lohd-stohn]

noun

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

1505–15; lode (in obsolete sense “way, course”) + stone

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British Dictionary definitions for loadstone

loadstone

noun

a variant spelling of lodestone

lodestone

loadstone

noun

  1. a rock that consists of pure or nearly pure magnetite and thus is naturally magnetic
  2. 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

Word Origin for lodestone

C16: literally: guiding stone

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Word Origin and History for loadstone

lodestone

n.

"magnetically polarized oxide of iron," 1510s, literally "way-stone," from lode + stone (n.). So called because it was used to make compass magnets to guide mariners. Figurative use from 1570s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for loadstone

lodestone

A piece of the mineral magnetite that acts like a magnet.
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