Loadstone



[lohd-stohn] /ˈloʊdˌstoʊn/

noun
1.
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[lohd-stohn] /ˈloʊdˌstoʊn/
noun
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.
/ˈləʊdˌstəʊn/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of lodestone
/ˈləʊdˌstəʊn/
noun
1.

2.
a person or thing regarded as a focus of attraction
n.

“magnetically polarized oxide of iron,” 1510s, literally “way-stone,” from lode + stone (n.). So called because it was used to make compass magnets to guide mariners. Figurative use from 1570s.
lodestone also loadstone
(lōd’stōn’)
A piece of the mineral magnetite that acts like a magnet.

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