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also load·stone  (lōd′stōn′)
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).]
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(ˈləʊdˌstəʊn) or


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]
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or load•stone


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]
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also load·stone (lōd′stōn′)
A piece of the mineral magnetite that acts like a magnet.
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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
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He made accurate examination of it by the aid of some instruments, and came to the conclusion that it was carved from a lump of lodestone. He remembered that he had read somewhere of an ancient Egyptian god cut from a similar substance, and, thinking it over, he came to the conclusion that he must have read it in Sir Thomas Brown's POPULAR ERRORS, a book of the seventeenth century.
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