- 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
Examples from the Web for lode
O'Hara has faded fast, but some of his best short stories are lode stars to me of what good fiction can do.My Conversation with John Updike
Barbara Probst Solomon
January 29, 2009
A railroad four miles long, conveys the quartz from the lode to the mills.
The lode descends steeply, and the excavation must follow its course.
When he crosses a lode, its bending is supposed to indicate the presence thereof.Storyology
To strike a lode and win a braw lass a' in the day, ye may say.They of the High Trails
Mebbe he believes that bunk about the lode being copper, and mebbe he don't.Bloom of Cactus
Robert Ames Bennet
- 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 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.
- A vein of mineral ore that is deposited between clearly demarcated layers of rock or that fills a fissure in a rock formation.