back load


Definition of back load

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a load or burden carried or suitable to be carried on the back a back load of firewood


transitive verb
\ ˈbak-ˌlōd How to pronounce back-load (audio) \
variants: or backload
back-loaded or backloaded; back-loading or backloading; back-loads or backloads

Definition of back-load (Entry 2 of 2)

: to assign (costs or benefits) to the late stages of something (such as a contract, project, or time period) … in recent years, most carriers have “back-loaded” their expense charges. That means they sock you with expenses when you drop your policy …Consumer Reports, August 1993 But the tax cut is backloaded, meaning that they won't reap most of the benefits for years.— James Surowiecki, New Yorker, 23 Apr. 2001

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First Known Use of back load


1725, in the meaning defined above

Transitive verb

1976, in the meaning defined above

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“Back load.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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