from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Variant of lodestar.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Alternative spelling of lodestar.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A star that leads; a guiding star; esp., the polestar, Polaris; also, the constellation containing the pole star, the cynosure (Ursa Minor).
  • n. Something that serves as a guide or provides direction; a cynosure{2}.
  • n. Something that attracts attention or on which the atention is fixed; a cynosure{3}.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See lodestar.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. guiding star; a star that is used as a reference point in navigation or astronomy
  • n. something that serves as a model or guide


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  • In The Match, 32-year-old Latitia Vane seeks to live as a single distinguished woman, in a house of her own, as “the patroness of arts, the encourager of genius, the loadstar in society” (1.2.687).

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  • Now, or in the not too distant future, it may be impossible operationally and philosophically to tell the difference between Arab al-Qa'ida and Afghan and Pakistani radical groups, which have as a loadstar the Pashtun militants who comprise the neo-Taliban on both sides of the border.

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  • Separated from the Lady Isabelle, whose looks had been for so many days his loadstar, Quentin felt a strange vacancy and chillness of the heart, which he had not yet experienced in any of the vicissitudes to which his life had subjected him.

    Quentin Durward

  • The standard calculation is a loadstar percentage typically 2.5% or so multiplied by number of years of service multiplied by the average of the best 3 years salary.

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  • “Pretty Mrs. Davies,” continued to be the loadstar of his fortunes.

    The Life of Oliver Goldsmith

  • We've had a clear loadstar, a clear first priority here along the way, and that is accountability or accounting for our people.

    Press Briefing By Berger And Sperling

  • Behold a Byron, in melodious tones, ‘cursing his day’: he mistakes earthborn passionate desire for heaven-inspired Freewill; without heavenly loadstar, rushes madly into the dance of meteoric lights that hover on the mad Mahlstrom; and goes down among its eddies.

    Paras. 40-58

  • They believe in their honesty of purpose to free Cuba and are confident of their ability to do so; but it must be borne in mind that the loadstar of the Cuban is not merely freedom from the dominion of Spain, but independence from outside control, however beneficent that control might be, and absolute non-interference by others in the management of our own affairs.

    Our War with Spain for Cuba's Freedom

  • Strength of purpose was his weak point, and, though the good of humanity was his loadstar, it did not make him quite forget self.

    Better Dead

  • ` ` To thyself, fair maid, '' answered De Bracy, in his former tone --- ` ` to thine own charms be ascribed whate'er I have done which passed the respect due to her, whom I have chosen queen of my heart, and loadstar of my eyes. ''



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