1. [syn: lode, load]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Lode \Lode\ (l[=o]d), n. [AS. l[=a]d way, journey, fr.
l[imac][eth]an to go. See Lead to guide, and cf. Load a
1. A water course or way; a reach of water.
Down that long, dark lode . . . he and his brother
skated home in triumph. --C. Kingsley.
2. (Mining) A body of ore visibly separated from adjacent
3. Especially: (Mining) Any regular vein or course of
valuable mineral, whether metallic or not.
4. Hence: A concentrated supply or source of something
mother lode a large concentrated source of mineral or other
valuable thing, from which lesser sources have been
derived; -- often used figuratively. The term may have
been originally applied to real or imagined large deposits
of gold from which smaller granules were washed
downstream, there constituting a diluted source of gold,
and hinting at the richer source from which they were
derived; as, to hit the mother lode.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a deposit of valuable ore occurring within definite
boundaries separating it from surrounding rocks [syn:
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
36 Moby Thesaurus words for "lode":
Eldorado, Golconda, bonanza, chimney, chute, cornucopia,
country rock, deposit, dike, font, fount, fountain, gangue,
gold mine, gravy train, lodestuff, matrix, mine, mine of wealth,
mineral deposit, mother lode, ore bed, pay dirt, quarry, resource,
rich lode, rich uncle, shoot, source, source of supply, spring,
staple, stock, vein, well, wellspring