- Homophone: lode, lowed
- Rhymes: -əʊd
- A burden; a weight to be carried .
- ( figuratively ) A worry or concern to be endured, especially in the phrase a load off one's mind.
- A certain number of articles or quantity of material that can be transported or processed at one time .
- ( in combination ) Used to form nouns that indicate a large quantity, often corresponding to the capacity of a vehicle
- ( often in the plural:, colloquial ) A large number or amount .
- The volume of work required to be performed .
- ( engineering ) The force exerted on a structural component such as a beam, girder, cable etc .
- ( electrical 工学 ) The electrical current or power delivered by a device .
- ( electrical 工学 ) Any component that draws current or power from an electrical circuit .
- ( obsolete ) A unit of measure, often equivalent to the capacity of a waggon, but later becoming more specific measures of weight.
- A very small explosive inserted as a gag into a cigarette or cigar .
- ( slang, sometimes extremely vulgar ) A slang term for semen .
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- ( transitive ) To put a load on or in ( a means of conveyance or a place of storage ) .
- ( transitive ) To place in or on a conveyance or a place of storage .
- ( intransitive ) To put a load on something .
- ( intransitive ) To receive a load .
- ( intransitive ) To be placed into storage or conveyance .
- ( transitive ) To fill ( a firearm or artillery ) with munition .
- ( transitive ) To insert ( an item or items ) into an apparatus so as to ready it for operation, such as a reel of film into a camera, sheets of paper into a printer etc .
- ( transitive ) To fill ( an apparatus ) with raw material .
- ( intransitive ) To be put into use in an apparatus .
- ( transitive, computing ) To read ( data or a program ) from a storage medium into computer memory .
- ( intransitive, computing ) To transfer from a storage medium into computer memory .
- ( transitive, baseball ) To put runners on first, second and third bases
- ( transitive ) To tamper with so as to produce a biased outcome .
- ( transitive ) To ask or adapt a question so that it will be more likely to be answered in a certain way .
- ( transitive ) To encumber with something negative .
- ( transitive ) To place as an encumbrance .
- ( transitive ) To provide in abundance .
From Middle English lode, loade, from Old English lād ( “course, journey; way, street, waterway; leading, carrying; maintenance, support” ), from Proto-Germanic *laidō ( “leading, way” ), from Proto-Indo-European *leit- ( “to go, go forth, die” ), from Proto-Indo-European *lei- ( “to be slimy, be sticky, slide, glide, stroke” ). Etymologically identical with lode, which preserved the older meaning. Cognate with Middle Low German leide ( “entourage, escort” ), German Leite ( “line, course, load” ), Swedish led ( “way, trail, line” ), Icelandic leið ( “way, course, route” ) .
The sense of "burden" developed in the 13th century. The verb load "to charge with a load" is derived from the noun, in the 16th century, and was influenced by the etymologically unrelated lade, which it largely supplanted. Possible semantic cognate include Albanian lodh ( “to tire, burden” ) although a direct relation of the two terms is uncertain .
Explanation of load by Wordnet Dictionary
- Load ( lōd ), n. [OE. lode load, way; properly the same word as lode, but confused with lade, load, v. See Lade, Lead, v., Lode.]
1. A burden; that which is laid on or put in anything for conveyance; that which is borne or sustained; a weight; as, “a heavy load”.
He might such a load
To town with his ass carry. Gower.
2. The quantity which can be carried or drawn in some specified way; the contents of a cart, barrow, or vessel; that which will constitute a cargo; lading.
3. That which burdens, oppresses, or grieves the mind or spirits; as, “a load of care”. “ A . . . load of guilt.” Ray. “ Our life's a load.” Dryden.
4. A particular measure for certain articles, being as much as may be carried at one time by the conveyance commonly used for the article measured; as, “a load of wood; a load of hay”; specifically, five quarters.
5. The charge of a firearm; as, “a load of powder”.
6. Weight or violence of blows. [Obs.] Milton.
7. ( Mach. ) The work done by a steam engine or other prime mover when working.
8. The amount of work that a person, group, or machine is assigned to perform; as, “the boss distributed the load evenly among his employees”.
9. ( Elec. ) The device or devices that consume power from a power supply.
10. ( Engineering ) The weight or force that a structural support bears or is designed to bear; the object that creates that force.
Load line, or Load water line ( Naut. ), the line on the outside of a vessel indicating the depth to which it sinks in the water when loaded.
Syn. -- Burden; lading; weight; cargo. See Burden.
- Load, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Loaded; p. pr. & vb. n. Loading. Loaden is obsolete, and laden belongs to lade.]
1. To lay a load or burden on or in, as on a horse or in a cart; to charge with a load, as a gun; to furnish with a lading or cargo, as a ship; hence, to add weight to, so as to oppress or embarrass; to heap upon.
I strive all in vain to load the cart. Gascoigne.
I have loaden me with many spoils. Shak.
Those honors deep and broad, wherewith
Your majesty loads our house. Shak.
2. To adulterate or drug; as, “to load wine”. [Cant]
3. To magnetize. [Obs.] Prior.
Loaded dice, dice with one side made heavier than the others, so that the number on the opposite side will come up oftenest.
Definition of load by GCIDE Dictionary