O'Hara has faded fast, but some of his best short stories are lode stars to me of what good fiction can do.
A commonly used definition of a vein or lode is a mineralized mass of rock which is followed for purposes of finding ore.
A railroad four miles long, conveys the quartz from the lode to the mills.
If your father actually succeeded in locating the lode, it is a strike.
Mebbe he believes that bunk about the lode being copper, and mebbe he don't.
Explore your lode along the surface, across, and down its dip.
I give you my word, Slade, this is the only mine or lode of which I know.
I've been thinking about that lode for twenty years, and do you suppose I could let another man locate it?
And tell them we've devised a way to mine the lode without them—got that?
Now there may be a change; our life will be very different and the children's future brighter if I can find the lode.
original Middle English spelling of load (n.), and custodian of most of the original meaning of "way, course, carrying." Differentiation in sense took place 16c. Mining sense of "vein of metal ore" is from c.1600, from notion of miners "following" it through the rock.