Definition of "lode" []

  • The metalliferous ore that fills a fissure in a rock formation. (noun)
  • A vein of mineral ore deposited between clearly demarcated layers of rock. Also called lead1. (noun)
  • A rich source or supply. (noun)
  • A deposit of valuable ore occurring between definite limits in the surrounding rock; vein (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A deposit of metallic ore filling a fissure in the surrounding rock (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "lode" in a sentence
  • "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."