Definition of lode in English:

lode

noun

  • 1A vein of metal ore in the earth:

    ‘the tin oxide was very thinly scattered within the lode’
    • ‘Because the lode proved to be barren, very little mining was done.’
    • ‘With some luck, mineralized chunks of the conglomerate lode can still be located in the dumps with the aid of a metal detector.’
    • ‘All was in readiness to start the mining of the copper lode.’
    • ‘This particular color has not been found in other lodes in Ontonagon County and distinguishes datolites from this locality.’
    • ‘Many miners named their lodes for places from which they had emigrated.’
    • ‘Copper crystals from the conglomerate lode are rare and commonly exhibit the tetrahexahedral form.’
    • ‘Though not especially high or otherwise conspicuous, it held within its conical flanks a silver lode of extraordinary size and purity.’
    • ‘At the bottom of the shaft two 700-foot crosscuts were driven in a northwest and southeast direction, but only spotty mineralization was encountered in the intersected amygdaloidal lodes.’
    • ‘The Butler, Evergreen, and Knowlton lodes were explored and mined to some extent.’
    • ‘Other exhibits focus on placer and lode deposits, major gold rushes, and uses of gold through the centuries.’
    • ‘Porcelaneous datolite occurred in the amygdaloidal lodes as veins, vesicle filling, and nodules.’
    • ‘Mineralogically, the conglomerate lodes have produced many superb specimens, although they contain fewer mineral species than the fissure veins and amygdaloidal lodes.’
    • ‘The lode proved to be spotty, showing just marginal copper mineralization.’
    • ‘Copper also filled voids and occurred in thin fissure veins that cut the lodes.’
    • ‘After two months of digging in the shimmering heat of nearby Lake Torrens, only two men remained at the mine, but no lode or vein had been located as yet.’
    • ‘Thin sandstone lenses, which showed bleaching and epidotization, were present within the lode.’
    • ‘Two mining companies attempted to exploit the copper lodes at different times, and both ventures ended in failure.’
    • ‘The rock layers surrounding coal lodes were penetrated and separated by drillers and explosives.’
    • ‘In an effort to convert copper rock into quick cash, he tried to open-pit mine the lode to extract ore as fast as possible.’
    • ‘The various datolite-bearing lodes are described stratigraphically from the uppermost to the lowermost lode in the series.’
    layer, lode, seam, stratum, stratification, bed, deposit, accumulation
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    1. 1.1 A rich source of something:
      ‘a rich lode of scandal and alleged crime’
      • ‘Soil and sea yield unknown lodes of useful microbes’
      • ‘His research is such a rich lode that I intend to return to ancient Indian science in a future column.’
      • ‘While the recollections of participants are a lode of information, without corroborating sources, many interviews turn into self-serving pieces.’
      • ‘Marketing samples, for example, can be rich lodes of new failure types because these units are often the first to leave the engineering lab.’
      • ‘He draws sensitively and suggestively upon the work of Dante, Faulkner, and Flannery O'Connor, mining their theological lode.’

Origin

Old English lād ‘way, course’, variant of load. The term denoted a watercourse in late Middle English and a lodestone in the early 16th century The current sense dates from the early 17th century.

Pronunciation:

lode

/ləʊd/