1505–15; earlier load lode + stone

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loadstone (ˈləʊdˌstəʊn)
a variant spelling of lodestone

lodestone or loadstone (ˈləʊdˌstəʊn)
1.  a.  a rock that consists of pure or nearly pure magnetite and thus is naturally magnetic
 b.  a piece of such rock, which can be used as a magnet and which was formerly used as a primitive compass
2.  a person or thing regarded as a focus of attraction
[C16: literally: guiding stone]
loadstone or loadstone
[C16: literally: guiding stone]

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lodestone also loadstone   (lōd'stōn')  Pronunciation Key 
A piece of the mineral magnetite that acts like a magnet.
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Now with this loadstone you may make magnets artificially.
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