Definition of lodestone in English:

lodestone

Syllabification: lode·stone
Pronunciation: /ˈlōdˌstōn
 
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noun

  • 1A piece of magnetite or other naturally magnetized mineral, able to be used as a magnet.
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    • Electromagnetic fields and radiation have, perhaps through their historical associations with magnetic lodestones and electrical storms, been linked to forces of nature that are not readily understood.
    • Gilbert carried out many other experiments, including the study of spherical lodestones that were floated on water in small wooden boats.
  • 1.1A naturally magnetized mineral; magnetite.
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    • Geomagnetic measurements owe their beginning to an uncommon rock: lodestone.
    • For example, there is an interesting rock called lodestone.
    • Why did lodestone have the power to attract certain metals?
  • 1.2A thing that is the focus of attention or attraction.
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    • It is the ideological lodestone of a political movement that has shoved the entire American political center to the right.
    • Santa Fe has been a lodestone for the study, idealization, and romanticization of the American Indian since the completion of the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway.
    • Attendance at the Army War College (as well as the other senior service colleges) should remain the lodestone of the profession of arms.

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