Lodestone definition

lōdstōn
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A naturally occurring magnet.
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A piece of magnetite that has magnetic properties and attracts iron or steel.
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One that attracts strongly.
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Any strongly magnetized rock, esp. one containing magnetite.
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A piece of the mineral magnetite that acts like a magnet.
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Something that attracts as with magnetic force.
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of lodestone - loadstone

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
lodestone
Plural:
lodestones

Origin of lodestone

  • Middle English lode way lode stone (from its use by sailors to show the way)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • First attested from 1515, from Middle English lode (“guide") + stone. From use as a guide tool by mariners. See also: lodestar.

    From Wiktionary