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noun \ˈlōd\

Simple Definition of load

  • : something that is lifted and carried

  • : an amount that can be carried at one time : an amount that fills something (such as a truck)

  • : the weight that is carried or supported by something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of load

  1. 1 a :  the quantity that can be carried at one time by a specified means; especially :  a measured quantity of a commodity fixed for each type of carrier —often used in combination <a boatload of tourists> b :  whatever is put on a person or pack animal to be carried :  pack c :  whatever is put in a ship or vehicle or airplane for conveyance :  cargo; especially :  a quantity of material assembled or packed as a shipping unit

  2. 2 a :  a mass or weight supported by something <branches bent low by their load of fruit> b :  the forces to which a structure is subjected due to superposed weight or to wind pressure on the vertical surfaces; broadly :  the forces to which a given object is subjected

  3. 3 a :  something that weighs down the mind or spirits <took a load off her mind> b :  a burdensome or laborious responsibility <always carried his share of the load>

  4. 4 slang :  an intoxicating amount of liquor drunk

  5. 5 :  a large quantity :  lot —usually used in plural

  6. 6 a :  a charge for a firearm b :  the quantity of material loaded into a device at one time

  7. 7 :  external resistance overcome by a machine or prime mover

  8. 8 a :  power output (as of a power plant) or power consumption (as by a device) b :  a device to which power is delivered

  9. 9 a (1) :  the amount of work that a person carries or is expected to carry (2) :  the amount of authorized work to be performed by a machine, a group, a department, or a factory b :  the demand on the operating resources of a system (as a telephone exchange or a refrigerating apparatus)

  10. 10 slang :  eyeful —used in the phrase get a load of

  11. 11 :  the amount of a deleterious microorganism, parasite, growth, or substance present in a human or animal body <measure viral load in the blood> <the worm load in rats> —called also burden

  12. 12 :  an amount added (as to the price of a security or the net premium in insurance) to represent selling expense and profit to the distributor

  13. 13 :  genetic load

Examples of load in a sentence

  1. He lifted the load onto his shoulders.

  2. She was carrying a heavy load of legal documents in her briefcase.

  3. He picked up a load of firewood and carried it into the house.

  4. The truck was carrying a full load of sand.

  5. Losing weight will lessen the load on your knees.

  6. His death is a heavy load to bear.

Origin of load

Middle English lod, from Old English lād support, carrying — more at lode

First Known Use: 12th century

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Rhymes with load




Simple Definition of load

  • : to put an amount of something in or on (something)

  • : to put (an amount of something) into or onto something

  • : to supply (someone or something) with a large amount of something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of load

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to put a load in or on <load a truck> b :  to place in or on a means of conveyance <load freight>

  3. 2 a :  to encumber or oppress with something heavy, laborious, or disheartening :  burden <a company loaded down with debts> b :  to place as a burden or obligation <load more work on him>

  4. 3 a :  to increase the weight of by adding something heavy b :  to add a conditioning substance (as a mineral salt) to for body c :  to weight or shape (dice) to fall unfairly d :  to pack with one-sided or prejudicial influences :  bias e :  to charge with multiple meanings (as emotional associations or hidden implications) f :  to weight (as a test) with factors influencing validity or outcome

  5. 4 a :  to supply in abundance or excess :  heap, pack b :  to put runners on (first, second, and third bases) in baseball

  6. 5 a :  to put a load or charge in (a device or piece of equipment) <load a gun> b :  to place or insert especially as a load in a device or piece of equipment <load film in a camera> c :  to copy or transfer (as a program or data) into a computer's memory especially from an external source (as a disk drive or the Internet)

  7. 6 :  to alter (as an alcoholic drink) by adding an adulterant or drug

  8. 7 a :  to add a load to (an insurance premium) b :  to add a sum to after profits and expenses are accounted for <loaded prices>

  9. intransitive verb
  10. 1 :  to receive a load

  11. 2 :  to put a load on or in a carrier, device, or container; especially :  to insert the charge or cartridge in the chamber of a firearm

  12. 3 :  to go or go in as a load <tourists loading onto a bus>

  13. 4 :  to become loaded into a computer's memory <the program loads quickly>

loader noun
load up on
  1. 1 :  to ingest in usually large amounts <senators loading up on fried chicken and champagne — H. L. Mencken>

  2. 2 :  to acquire in usually large amounts <loaded up on hot stocks>

Examples of load in a sentence

  1. load a truck with packages

  2. Workers were loading and unloading the ships as they came into port.

  3. We loaded up and drove off.

  4. load packages on a truck

  5. We loaded our luggage in the car and drove off.

  6. Workers were loading cargo on the ships.

  7. She loaded the table with all kinds of delicious foods.

  8. load a tape into the VCR

  9. The film didn't load properly.

  10. The bus stopped to load a few more passengers.

15th Century

First Known Use of load

15th century

LOAD Defined for Kids



noun \ˈlōd\

Definition of load for Students

  1. 1 :  something lifted up and carried :  burden

  2. 2 :  the quantity of material put into a device at one time <He washed a load of clothes.>

  3. 3 :  a large number or amount <They collected loads of candy on Halloween.>

  4. 4 :  a mass or weight supported by something

  5. 5 :  something that causes worry or sadness <That's a load off my mind.>

  6. 6 :  a charge for a firearm




Definition of load for Students


  1. 1 :  to put a load in or on <They loaded the truck.>

  2. 2 :  to supply abundantly <Newspapers loaded her with praise.>

  3. 3 :  to put something into a device so it can be used <You have to load film into the camera.>

loader noun

Law Dictionary



Legal Definition of load

  1. :  an amount added (as to the price of a security or the net premium in insurance) to represent selling expense and profit to the distributor — compare no-load

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