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lode·stone

also load·stone  (lōd′stōn′)
n.
1. A piece of magnetite that has magnetic properties and attracts iron or steel.
2. One that attracts strongly.

[Middle English lode, way; see lode + stone (from its use by sailors to show the way).]

lodestone

(ˈləʊdˌstəʊn) or

loadstone

n
1. (Minerals)
a. a rock that consists of pure or nearly pure magnetite and thus is naturally magnetic
b. a piece of such rock, which can be used as a magnet and which was formerly used as a primitive compass
2. a person or thing regarded as a focus of attraction
[C16: literally: guiding stone]

lode•stone

or load•stone

(ˈloʊdˌstoʊn)

n.
1. a variety of magnetite that possesses magnetic polarity and attracts iron.
2. a piece of this serving as a magnet.
3. something that attracts strongly.
[1505–15; lode (in obsolete sense “way, course”) + stone]

lode·stone

also load·stone (lōd′stōn′)
A piece of the mineral magnetite that acts like a magnet.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lodestone - a permanent magnet consisting of magnetite that possess polarity and has the power to attract as well as to be attracted magneticallylodestone - a permanent magnet consisting of magnetite that possess polarity and has the power to attract as well as to be attracted magnetically
permanent magnet, static magnet - a magnet that retains its magnetism after being removed from a magnetic field
magnetic iron-ore, magnetite - an oxide of iron that is strongly attracted by magnets
Translations
magnétite

lodestone

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References in classic literature ?
He was fond of comparing himself to Mahomet's coffin, attracted in two different directions by two loadstones, and hesitating eternally between the heights and the depths, between the vault and the pavement, between fall and ascent, between zenith and nadir.
But the greatest curiosity, upon which the fate of the island depends, is a loadstone of a prodigious size, in shape resembling a weaver's shuttle.
In instances where the lightning has actually struck the vessel, so as to smite down some of the spars and rigging, the effect upon the needle has at times been still more fatal; all its loadstone virtue being annihilated, so that the before magnetic steel was of no more use than an old wife's knitting needle.
Like the mariner in the old story, the winds and streams had driven him within the influence of the Loadstone Rock, and it was drawing him to itself, and he must go.
Graves, in an AEgyptian idol cut out of Loadstone and found among the Mummies; which still retains its attraction, though probably taken out of the mine about two thousand years ago.