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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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"That is why May 16 has come to mean more than a battle for it has become the loadstone of perpetual Middlesex pride, lest we forget this is the name that men through over a thousand years of history have rallied to in England and Britain's defence.
759 (2009) (discussing the two major efforts police undertook to break up polygamous communities); Jonathan Turley, The Loadstone Rock: The Role of Harm in the Criminalization of Plural Unions, 64 Emory L.J.
As these would constitute the loadstone of all Brazilian defence activities, they admit a first cut appreciation.
Gilbert W, of Colcester (1893) On the loadstone and magnetic bodies, and on the great magnet the Earth; new physiology, demonstrated with many arguments and experiments.
"I can concieve [sic] thought to be an action of a particular organisation of matter," he wrote, "formed for that purpose by it's [sic] creator, as well as that attraction in an action of matter, or magnetism of loadstone." People who deny materialism and claim the soul is an immaterial spirit are the true heretics, he argued, because they are actually denying the reality of the soul: "To talk of immaterial existences is to talk of nothings.
In Hunter v Southam Inc., the Supreme Court followed Katz in proclaiming privacy--and not property--section 8's loadstone. (50) The protection of reasonable privacy expectations under that provision, Justice Dickson concluded for the Court, is normally achieved with warrants based on probable grounds.
However, for the purposes of getting around the track, the exercise comes no-skills-required, and this is immediately evident on the test track, which begins with a 12% hill climb - something that should always be a struggle with an 80-tonne loadstone behind you (particularly bearing in mind that most roads rarely crest a 5% incline, with trucks in mind) but it isn't a challenge: the FH16's I-Shift automated manual transmission shifts down but makes resolute progress.
One "Loadstone" Plume pursues, for example, is Rose, Silvia's nurse's daughter.
(230-31) In the discussion of the discovery of magnet and loadstone in History of the Principal Discoveries and Improvements in the Several Arts and Sciences (1727), Defoe relies mainly on the observations of Boyle and more than once quotes Boyle's ideas.
That name, in the days of peace, was a loadstone, attracting to itself a whole people's confidence, a whole people's love, and the whole world's respect.
For all of them, however, their power depends upon that loadstone. Just so the Muse.
It is not a loadstone of corporate information that is passed on intact from one age to the next.
A case in point is that of the effluvia which Nathaniel Highmore claimed were visible 'in the form of a mist, to flow from a Loadstone'.
Despite his claims at the beginning of the Historia natural y moral to have written a natural history that also strove to find the causes of the phenomena it described, Acosta refused to advance any single hypothesis to explain the properties of the loadstone or the perplexing fact that a magnetized needle would constantly point North: "Others may dispute and inquire into the causes of this marvel, and they may adduce as much as they want I don't care what sympathies; contemplating these marvels I find more pleasure in praising the Power and Providence of the Supreme Maker, and I enjoy myself pondering His marvelous works" (Historia Natural 101).