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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A way or path; a road.
  • n. a watercourse
  • n.  A vein of metallic ore that lies within definite boundaries, or within a fissure.
  • n. A rich source of supply.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A water course or way; a reach of water.
  • n. A metallic vein; any regular vein or course, whether metallic or not.

from The 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.
  • n. A Middle English form of load.

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

  • 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)
Etymologically identical with load, which has however become semantically restricted. The now-archaic lode continues the old sense of Old English lád "way, course, journey" but by the 19th century survived only dialectally in the sense of "watercourse", as a technical term in mining, and in the compounds lodestone, lodestar. (Wiktionary)



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