- 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 lodes
On the find of gold in the quartzes and the metal-veins and lodes.
There are, however, reefs or lodes which are not persistent in depth.
I shall now treat of preliminary mining on lodes or “reefs.”
About 75,000 lodes have been discovered in Colorado, and numberless placers.The Crest of the Continent
I shall now treat of preliminary mining on lodes or "reefs."
- 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 lodes
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.