Definition for loadstone (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for loadstone
On the Rubbing of a piece of Iron on a Loadstone in places midway between the poles, and upon the quinoctial of a terrella.
Loadstone seems to attract loadstone when in natural position: but repels it when in a contrary one, and brings it back to order.
Two or three minutes passed, and the Loadstone turned with a gesture of despair toward her manager.Sport Royal|Anthony Hope
They are people of different colours, dress and education, attracted thither by the loadstone of wealth.My Friends the Savages|Giovanni Battista Cerruti
Then they take a loadstone as big as the palm of the hand, or even smaller.Ocean's Story; or Triumphs of Thirty Centuries|Edward Rowland
British Dictionary definitions for loadstone (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for loadstone (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