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[lohd-stahr] /ˈloʊdˌstɑr/


or loadstar

[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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  • Consequently the bright little scissors glanced before his eyes a sort of loadstar.

    Vagabondia Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • The feather in the hat of Lewis was the loadstar of victory.

  • But without partialitie (for in this earand I have set my compas to the loadstar of reason), we pronunce it better.

  • In the home she is "loadstone to all hearts, and loadstar to all eyes."

    Character Samuel Smiles
  • And 'Capital,' Karl Marx's great work, has become the loadstar of modern economic science.

    British Socialism J. Ellis Barker
  • In the home, she is the "loadstone to all hearts, and loadstar to all eyes."

  • She had learned long since that he still admired though he no longer desired her—and desire was the loadstar of his life.

  • Heart-broken as I am, I should desire to carry away one memory at least of her whose love was the loadstar of my existence.'

    Lord Kilgobbin Charles Lever
  • God is his Creator, the source of his thoughts, the loadstar of his meditations, the all-comprehending object of his desire.

  • She has led me to hope it may, and that hope is the loadstar of my existence; and one with which I will never part.

    The Ruined Cities of Zululand Hugh Mulleneux Walmsley
British Dictionary definitions for loadstar


a variant spelling of 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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for loadstar



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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loadstar in Science
lodestar also loadstar
A star, especially Polaris, that is used as a point of reference.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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