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Synonyms for loadstone

a permanent magnet consisting of magnetite that possess polarity and has the power to attract as well as to be attracted magnetically

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One of Thompson's favourite and most frequently-quoted references to Gilbert came from a John Dryden poem that celebrated English scientific prowess: "Gilbert shall live, till loadstones cease to draw,/ Or British fleets the boundless ocean awe.
To engage in ethical leadership is not to tap into a loadstone a pre-existing mass of ready-made answers.
The imagination gives out what it has first absorbed by congeniality of temperament, what it has attracted and moulded into itself by elective affinity, as the loadstone draws and impregnates iron.
Monty Lilburn, 33, created the mapping software Loadstone, which uses GPS co-ordinates of bus stops, cashpoints and train stations.
The second uses databases only to generate routes by loading certain points from a list of checkpoints that the person who is visually impaired is guided along to his or her destination, as is done with Loadstone GPS.
Although sixteenth-century humanists also tended to view direct appeals to the passions with suspicion, most notably in juridical or political spheres, theater was regarded as the privileged domain for pathetic discourse and paroxysmal effusions became the loadstone of the tragic art.
More than 1,000 years earlier the Chinese had already discovered that if loadstone was placed in a container of water, magnetic force would cause the stone to drift to one side, acting as a compass.
The depth of British education carries with it the loadstone of monodirectional viewpoints, sharply focused upon excellence within a singularly narrow frame.
Thales of Miletus (a flourishing commercial city in what is now part of Turkey) had observed that loadstone attracted iron.
But if Americans want additional assurances that our domestic economy will not be crippled by instability abroad, the best policy is to reduce the loadstone of America's enormous external debt.
And looming behind Athens medieval and modern is the touristic loadstone of the city-- the rocky Acropolis, crowned by the Parthenon, today covered by a web of scaffolding while titanium support rods are inserted in the columns to replace the present iron rods, which discolor the Attic marble.
and Europe) Loadstone Records single of January 1967 by Sly & The Family Stone, which helped win the band their Epic Records deal.