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[lohd-stahr] /ˈloʊdˌstɑr/
a star that shows the way.
something that serves as a guide or on which the attention is fixed.
Origin of lodestar
1325-75; Middle English loode sterre. See lode, star Unabridged
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Examples from the web for lodestar
  • Rand has always been a lodestar for proponents of limited government.
  • In determining the amount of attorneys' fees to award, the court's first task is to determine the lodestar.
  • The lodestar method also has been utilized when counsel are salaried employees of non-profit organizations.
  • It is substantially less than the lodestar amount based upon counsel's rates and time invested.
  • The lodestar of this effort is maintaining a citizen-centric service.
  • The lodestar is then computed by multiplying the number of hours reasonably expended by the reasonable hourly rate.
  • The lodestar amount is calculated by multiplying the reasonable number of hours expended by a reasonable hourly rate.
  • The lodestar amount results from multiplying the amount of time reasonably expended by reasonable hourly rates.
  • These factors mirror the lodestar standard applied in federal court.
British Dictionary definitions for lodestar


a star, esp the North Star, used in navigation or astronomy as a point of reference
something that serves as a guide or model
Word Origin
C14: literally, guiding star. See lode
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Word Origin and History for lodestar

late 14c. (late 13c. as a surname), an old name for the pole star (cf. Old Norse leiðarstjarna) as the star that "leads the way" in navigation; from lode (n.) + star (n.). Figurative use from late 14c.

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lodestar in Science
lodestar also loadstar
A star, especially Polaris, that is used as a point of reference.
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