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Meaning of load by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • Rhymes: -əʊd


    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 .


    load ( plural: loads )

    1. A burden; a weight to be carried .
      I struggled up the hill with the heavy load in my rucksack .
    2. ( figuratively ) A worry or concern to be endured, especially in the phrase a load off one's mind.
    3. A certain number of articles or quantity of material that can be transported or processed at one time .
      The truck overturned while carrying a full load of oil .
      She put another load of clothes in the washing machine .
    4. ( in combination ) Used to form nouns that indicate a large quantity, often corresponding to the capacity of a vehicle
    5. ( often in the plural:, colloquial ) A large number or amount .
      I got loads of presents for my birthday!
      I got a load of emails about that .
    6. The volume of work required to be performed .
      Will our web servers be able to cope with that load?
    7. ( engineering ) The force exerted on a structural component such as a beam, girder, cable etc .
      Each of the cross-members must withstand a tensile load of 1,000 newtons .
    8. ( electrical 工学 ) The electrical current or power delivered by a device .
      I'm worried that the load on that transformer will be too high .
    9. ( electrical 工学 ) Any component that draws current or power from an electrical circuit .
      Connect a second 24 ohm load across the power supply's output terminals .
    10. ( obsolete ) A unit of measure, often equivalent to the capacity of a waggon, but later becoming more specific measures of weight.
      • 1866, James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, Volume 1, p. 172:
        If this load equals its modern representative, it contains 18 cwt. of dry, 19 of new hay .
    11. A very small explosive inserted as a gag into a cigarette or cigar .
    12. ( slang, sometimes extremely vulgar ) A slang term for semen .
      Yeah, she was suckin' on me and I blew my load right in her face .


    Derived terms


    load ( third-person singular simple present loads present participle loading, simple past loaded, past participle loaded or archaic loaden )

    1. ( transitive ) To put a load on or in ( a means of conveyance or a place of storage ) .
      The dock workers refused to load the ship .
    2. ( transitive ) To place in or on a conveyance or a place of storage .
      The longshoremen loaded the cargo quickly .
      He loaded his stuff into his storage locker .
    3. ( intransitive ) To put a load on something .
      The truck was supposed to leave at dawn, but in fact we spent all morning loading .
    4. ( intransitive ) To receive a load .
      The truck is designed to load easily .
    5. ( intransitive ) To be placed into storage or conveyance .
      The containers load quickly and easily .
    6. ( transitive ) To fill ( a firearm or artillery ) with munition .
      I pulled the trigger, but nothing happened. I had forgotten to load the gun .
    7. ( 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 .
      Now that you've loaded the film you're ready to start shooting .
    8. ( transitive ) To fill ( an apparatus ) with raw material .
      The workers loaded the blast furnace with coke and ore .
    9. ( intransitive ) To be put into use in an apparatus .
      The cartridge was designed to load easily .
    10. ( transitive, computing ) To read ( data or a program ) from a storage medium into computer memory .
      Click OK to load the selected data .
    11. ( intransitive, computing ) To transfer from a storage medium into computer memory .
      This program takes an age to load .
    12. ( transitive, baseball ) To put runners on first, second and third bases
      He walks to load the bases .
    13. ( transitive ) To tamper with so as to produce a biased outcome .
      You can load the dice in your favour by researching the company before your interview .
      The wording of the ballot paper loaded the vote in favour of the Conservative candidate .
    14. ( transitive ) To ask or adapt a question so that it will be more likely to be answered in a certain way .
    15. ( transitive ) To encumber with something negative .
      The new owners had loaded the company with debt .
    16. ( transitive ) To place as an encumbrance .
      The new owners loaded debt on the company .
    17. ( transitive ) To provide in abundance .
      He loaded his system with carbs before the marathon .
      He loaded carbs into his system before the marathon .

    Derived terms

Explanation of load by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance

    2. fill or place a load on

    3. load a car
      load the truck with hay
    4. provide ( a device ) with something necessary

    5. He loaded his gun carefully
      load the camera
    6. put ( something ) on a structure or conveyance

    7. load the bags onto the trucks
    8. transfer from a storage device to a computer's memory

    1. goods carried by a large vehicle

    2. weight to be borne or conveyed

    3. electrical device to which electrical power is delivered

    4. the front part of a guided missile or rocket or torpedo that carries the nuclear or explosive charge or the chemical or biological agents

    5. an onerous or difficult concern

    6. that's a load off my mind
    7. a deposit of valuable ore occurring within definite boundaries separating it from surrounding rocks

    8. the power output of a generator or power plant

    9. an amount of alcohol sufficient to intoxicate

    10. he got a load on and started a brawl
    11. a quantity that can be processed or transported at one time

    12. the system broke down under excessive loads

    Definition of load by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. 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.

    2. 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.