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noun pay·load \ˈpā-ˌlōd\

Simple Definition of payload

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of payload

  1. 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. 2 :  the weight of a payload

Examples of payload in a sentence

  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>



1914

First Known Use of payload

1914


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