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payload

noun pay·load \ˈpā-ˌlōd\

: the amount of goods or material that is carried by a vehicle (such as a truck)

: the things (such as passengers or bombs) that are carried by an aircraft or spacecraft

: the weight of a payload

Full Definition of PAYLOAD

1
:  the load carried by a vehicle exclusive of what is necessary for its operation; especially :  the load carried by an aircraft or spacecraft consisting of things (as passengers or instruments) necessary to the purpose of the flight
2
:  the weight of a payload

Examples of PAYLOAD

  1. The truck is carrying a payload of 2,580 pounds.
  2. <the space shuttle can carry a maximum payload of approximately 50,000 pounds>

First Known Use of PAYLOAD

1914

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