Word of the DaySunday, August 19, 2012
\LOHD-stahr\ , noun;
Something that serves as a guide or on which the attention is fixed.
A star that shows the way.
Hilola Bigtree was the lodestar that pulled our visored, sweaty visitors across the water.
-- Karen Russell, Swamplandia
It boasts a transportation system second to none amongst the great cities of the world, and it is, most significantly, the lodestar of Japanese culture in modern times.
-- Lawrence William Rogers, Tokyo Stories
Lodestar comes from the Old English word lode which meant "way, course." The word has been used in navigation since the 1400s.
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