Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Lodestar

A lodestar is a star used to help navigate at sea. It's usually the polestar, but not neccesarily. It can also be a guiding principle, or object of pursuit.

A lode is a vein of metal ore. Presumably some lodestars have lodes. Perhaps even loads of them.

4 comments:

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

a loded definition

oscar case said...

Follow the stars! It's a wonder that the early seaman ever hit his beach following the North Star or another one. I imagine it was very inaccurate to begin with.

Patsy said...

Indeed!

Patsy said...

Other than for those who could see land in the distance, it amazes me any of them ever attempted such journeys.