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.

Log in or register to write something here or to contact authors.