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lode·star

also load·star  (lōd′stär′)
n.
1. A star, such as Polaris, that is used as a point of navigational reference.
2. A principle, interest, or person that serves as a guide.

[Middle English lodesterre : lode, way; see lode + sterre, star; see star.]
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lodestar

(ˈləʊdˌstɑː) or

loadstar

n
1. (Navigation) a star, esp the North Star, used in navigation or astronomy as a point of reference
2. something that serves as a guide or model
[C14: literally, guiding star. See lode]
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lode•star

or load•star

(ˈloʊdˌstɑr)

n.
1. a star that shows the way.
2. Polaris.
3. something that serves as a guide or on which the attention is fixed.
[1325–75; Middle English loode sterre. See lode, star]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lodestar - guiding star; a star that is used as a reference point in navigation or astronomy
star - (astronomy) a celestial body of hot gases that radiates energy derived from thermonuclear reactions in the interior
2.lodestar - something that serves as a model or guide
example, model - a representative form or pattern; "I profited from his example"
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lodestar

noun guide, standard, model, pattern, signal, par, role model, beacon, guiding light She was the one lodestar of his life.
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Translations

lodestar

[ˈləʊdstɑːʳ] Nestrella f polar (fig) → norte m
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In celebration of its 25th anniversary, the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission is honoring 25 individuals as Arkansas Lodestars for their accomplishments to enhance our state's environment.
That's why she's been chosen as one of Keep Arkansas Beautiful's Lodestars. A lodestar is someone who serves as an inspiration, model or guide.
That's why she's being honored as one of Keep Arkansas Beautiful's Lodestars. A lodestar is someone who serves as an inspiration, model or guide.
His championing of art brut and children's art, not to mention his own funky dirt-, gravel-, and cement-filled canvases, looked to be the very lodestars of the local Hairy Whos' obsessions.
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Stoddard and Ginsberg: representing two great polarities (artificial as all such polarities must be), two lodestars beneath which all our contradictions and hopes are feverishly engaged.
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For one thing, out of keeping with the "newer" social history Hoberman cites as one of her lodestars in the opening pages of the book is the egregious absence of any but the most cursory discussion of gender issues, or of the style of merchant households and domestic life.