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Word of the Day
Thursday, September 29, 2016

Definitions for lodestone

  1. something that attracts strongly.
  2. a variety of magnetite that possesses magnetic polarity and attracts iron.
  3. a piece of this serving as a magnet.

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Citations for lodestone
The portrait was for him a lodestone imbued with some irresistible magnetic force. Allen Kurzweil, A Case of Curiosities, 1992
Her name was still a lodestone for the courageous and hopeful, and she still sang her siren song to young dreamers around the world. John Jakes, California Gold, 1989
Origin of lodestone
Lodestone entered English in the 1500s with the first element of the word, lode, meaning "way, course."