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Lodestone

A variety of magnetite that possesses magnetic polarity.
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By means of this loadstone, the island is made to rise and fall, and move from one place to another.
To explain the manner of its progress, let A B represent a line drawn across the dominions of Balnibarbi, let the line C D represent the loadstone, of which let D be the repelling end, and C the attracting end, the island being over C: let the stone be placed in position C D, with its repelling end downwards; then the island will be driven upwards obliquely towards D.
This loadstone is under the care of certain astronomers, who, from time to time, give it such positions as the monarch directs.
And the king, when he is highest provoked, and most determined to press a city to rubbish, orders the island to descend with great gentleness, out of a pretence of tenderness to his people, but, indeed, for fear of breaking the adamantine bottom; in which case, it is the opinion of all their philosophers, that the loadstone could no longer hold it up, and the whole mass would fall to the ground.
The Loadstone Rock was drawing him, and he must sail on, until he struck.
was the poor prisoner's cry with which he strengthened his sinking heart, as he left all that was dear on earth behind him, and floated away for the Loadstone Rock.
He was fond of comparing himself to Mahomet's coffin, attracted in two different directions by two loadstones, and hesitating eternally between the heights and the depths, between the vault and the pavement, between fall and ascent, between zenith and nadir.
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.
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.
the Supreme Court followed Katz in proclaiming privacy--and not property--section 8's loadstone.
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.