Lodestone is a magnetic form of natural iron oxide. It can be made to swing like a magnet, and was used by early mariners to find the magnetic north. Lodestone is often called a natural magnet.

Load"stone`, Lode"stone (?), n. [Load, lode + stone.] Min.

A piece of magnetic iron ore possessing polarity like a magnetic needle. See Magnetite.

 

© Webster 1913.


Lode"stone` (?), n. Min.

Same as Loadstone.

 

© Webster 1913.

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