or load·stone

[ lohd-stohn ]

  1. a variety of magnetite that possesses magnetic polarity and attracts iron.

  2. a piece of this serving as a magnet.

  1. something that attracts strongly.

Origin of lodestone

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

Words Nearby lodestone

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How to use lodestone in a sentence

  • A Greek legend tells us that the lodestone was discovered by Magnes, a shepherd who found his crook attracted by the rock.

  • One of their experiments was to float a needle on a piece of cork, and make it follow a lodestone held in the hand.

  • For three years he draws me to his parties as a lodestone draws baser metals.

    The Five Arrows | Allan Chase
  • She used no wiles, practised no arts—her subtle mesmerism was the unseen power of the lodestone.

    The Great Mogul | Louis Tracy

British Dictionary definitions for lodestone



/ (ˈləʊdˌstəʊn) /

    • 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

  1. a person or thing regarded as a focus of attraction

Origin of lodestone

C16: literally: guiding stone

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Scientific definitions for lodestone


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

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