American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The metalliferous ore that fills a fissure in a rock formation.
- n. A vein of mineral ore deposited between clearly demarcated layers of rock. Also called lead1.
- n. A rich source or supply.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A way; path.
- n. A reach of water; an open ditch for carrying off water from a fen.
- n. A metalliferous deposit having more or less of a vein-like character—that is, having a certain degree of regularity, and being confined within walls. Lode as used by miners is nearly synonymous with the term vein as employed by geologists, etc. The word would not be used for a flat or stratified mass. See
- n. A Middle English form of load.
- n. obsolete A way or path; a road.
- n. dialectal a watercourse
- n. mining A vein of metallic ore that lies within definite boundaries, or within a fissure.
- n. by extension A rich source of supply.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A water course or way; a reach of water.
- n. (Mining) A metallic vein; any regular vein or course, whether metallic or not.
- n. a deposit of valuable ore occurring within definite boundaries separating it from surrounding rocks
- Middle English, way, load, from Old English lād, way; see leit- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Sometimes he sends them down to the mines, to show the men who work there where the richest lode is to be found; and if the miners grumble, or are discontented, the Pixies lead them astray by lighting false fires.”
“Let us suppose that a mine has been already opened; that a "lode" -- that is, a vein of quartz with metal in it -- has been discovered cropping out of the earth, and that it has been dug down upon from above, and dug in upon from the sea-cliffs.”
“The lode is a large irregular one of pure arsenical pyrites carrying, in addition to gold and silver, nickel and cobalt.”
“Every miner wishes that his mine were upon this famous lode, which is made up of a large number of quartz veins extending along the western slope of the Sierra Nevada mountains, and is marked by hundreds of important mines.”
“The lode is a large irregular one of pure arsenical pyrites, existing in a felsite dike near the sea coast.”
“Under this theory, the lode was the property, and the surface became a mere easement.”
“Report says that from this part of the lode, which is riddled with native pits, came some of the specimens that floated the G.C. M. C.mpany.”
“One remarkable trait in the lode is the manner in which it splits into blocks and slabs, all the faces of the quartz pebbles being cloven in precisely the same plane.”
“For some reason, I thought "lode" would be "load", that it was one word rather than two, and that the meaning implied "huge".”
“About two-thirds of the world's tin is obtained from placers and one-third from vein or "lode" deposits.”
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