load

noun
\ ˈlōd How to pronounce load (audio) \

Definition of load

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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 donkeys with heavy loads
c : whatever is put in a ship or vehicle or airplane for conveyance : cargo The ship was carrying a load of automobiles. especially : a quantity of material assembled or packed as a shipping unit
2a : 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 Losing weight will lessen the load on your knees.
3a : 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 slang : an intoxicating amount of liquor drunk
5 : a large quantity : lot usually used in pluralThe boy had loads of toys.
6a : a charge for a firearm
b : the quantity of material loaded into a device at one time
7 : external resistance overcome by a machine or prime mover
8a : power output (as of a power plant) or power consumption (as by a device)
b : a device to which power is delivered
9a(1) : the amount of work that a person carries or is expected to carry his heavy load of day-to-day workNew York Times
(2) : the amount of authorized work to be performed by a machine, a group, a department, or a factory The washer can take a 10-pound load.
b : the demand on the operating resources of a system (such as a telephone exchange or a refrigerating apparatus)
10 slang : eyeful used in the phrase get a load ofGet a load of his new car.
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 : 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

load

verb
loaded; loading; loads

Definition of load (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to put a load in or on load a truck
b : to place in or on a means of conveyance load freight
2a : 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
3a : to increase the weight of by adding something heavy
b : to add a conditioning substance (such 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 (such as emotional associations or hidden implications)
f : to weight (something, such as a test) with factors influencing validity or outcome
4a : to supply in abundance or excess : heap, pack
b : to put runners on (first, second, and third bases) in baseball
5a : 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 (something, such as a program or data) into the memory of a digital device (such as a computer) especially from an external source (such as a disk drive or the Internet) Load a new program or game onto your hard disk, and you must run an installation program that decompresses the information held on the floppy disks— Paul C. Schuytema
d : to put a supply of funds or resources into (an account, a gift card, etc.) She was told to go to the Dollar General Store and load a Google Play gift card with $100.The Times Reporter (New Philadelphia, Ohio)
6 : to alter (something, such as an alcoholic drink) by adding an adulterant or drug
7a : to add a load to (an insurance premium)
b : to add a sum to after profits and expenses are accounted for loaded prices

intransitive verb

1 : to receive a load
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
3 : to go or go in as a load tourists loading onto a bus
4 : to become loaded into a computer's memory the program loads quickly
load up on
1 : to ingest in usually large amounts senators loading up on fried chicken and champagne— H. L. Mencken
2 : to acquire in usually large amounts loaded up on hot stocks

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Verb

loader noun

Examples of load in a Sentence

Noun He lifted the load onto his shoulders. She was carrying a heavy load of legal documents in her briefcase. He picked up a load of firewood and carried it into the house. The truck was carrying a full load of sand. Losing weight will lessen the load on your knees. His death is a heavy load to bear. Verb load a truck with packages Workers were loading and unloading the ships as they came into port. We loaded up and drove off. load packages on a truck We loaded our luggage in the car and drove off. Workers were loading cargo on the ships. She loaded the table with all kinds of delicious foods. load a tape into the VCR The film didn't load properly. The bus stopped to load a few more passengers.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Scientists believe that the nutrient load in the environment around Florida and the Bahamas is otherwise so poor that without the African dust, the coral reefs would have had a hard time growing and flourishing. Jeff Berardelli, CBS News, "Saharan dust cloud cloaks U.S. Gulf Coast in choking haze," 26 June 2020 June 9 cited a skid-load operator who was working as a contractor installing a patio behind a nearby home. Bruce Geiselman, cleveland, "Officers find suspected pot in car trunk after OVI arrest: North Olmsted Police Blotter," 20 June 2020 And digital modeling performed by Allen and colleagues suggests that the viral load in a car could be significantly reduced by cracking the window a few inches. Doug Johnson, Wired, "Microtransit Gives City Agencies a Lift During the Pandemic," 20 June 2020 That particular load, with a HPBT MatchKing bullet, remains supersonic to about 1,300 yards. Mike Dickerson, Outdoor Life, "8 of the Hottest New Hunting Cartridges for 2021 and Beyond," 18 June 2020 For one thing, the viral load of SARS-CoV-2 in human waste is variable, depending on the human in question, and hasn’t been quantified yet. Popular Science, "You probably won’t get COVID-19 from flushing the toilet," 18 June 2020 And in 2008, a study for the California Air Resources Board found that ship emissions made up roughly 25 percent of the Los Angeles basin’s sulfur pollution load, 4 percent of the nitrogen pollutants, and less than one percent of the fine particles. Alejandra Borunda, National Geographic, "As oil prices crashed, tankers idled off California—spewing pollution for weeks," 12 June 2020 Generally speaking with viruses, viral load peaks around two to four days after symptom onset, said Wroblewski. Annie Vainshtein, SFChronicle.com, "Why some people get coronavirus symptoms, but still test negative," 16 June 2020 With this in mind, Maxwell prefers to go with a less punishing trap load. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, "Expert Shotgun Shooting Tips from Trap, Skeet, and Sporting Clays Pros," 16 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Also, during a normal summer, the department would load up its vans with carnival games, roller skates and other play equipment for organizations to rent out at community events and festivals. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'We wanted kids to be able to play this summer:' Milwaukee playgrounds will have socially distant activities at free meal sites," 1 July 2020 Paramedics load Bernie Erwig, 84, into an ambulance while he was removed from Magnolia Rehabilitation and Nursing Center on April 8 in Riverside. Kristi Sturgill, Los Angeles Times, "Riverside County hospitals hit 99% capacity for ICUs. That’s not their biggest problem," 29 June 2020 A half dozen Puente employees and a couple of volunteers help load the boxes into the car trunks, or pass them through the passenger windows. Natalia Gurevich, SFChronicle.com, "As Bay Area restaurant business drops, local farms send produce to struggling families," 28 June 2020 But more manufacturers are using premium metals that are better than steel to load shotshells. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, "How to Hunt Ducks and Geese," 26 June 2020 When a bigger escapade beckons, load up the car and head south for St. Louis. Nicole Schnitzler, Condé Nast Traveler, "11 Best Weekend Getaways From Chicago," 24 June 2020 Once again, clicking on a link more often than not fails to load the document. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Millions of documents from >200 US police agencies published in “BlueLeaks” trove," 22 June 2020 As more options open up, why not load the family in the car and hit the open highway? Yadi Rodriguez, cleveland, "16 essential supplies for your next road trip," 19 June 2020 Volunteers for such lifesaving programs as onsite CPR classes, Home Safety Surveys, and other community events had to load and unload cumbersome equipment from cars that weren’t designed to accommodate large aparati. Claire Goodman, Houston Chronicle, "Community donations provide new risk reduction vehicle for Harris County ESD 48," 17 June 2020

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First Known Use of load

Noun

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for load

Noun and Verb

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

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The first known use of load was in the 12th century

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Last Updated

2 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Load.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/load. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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load

noun
How to pronounce load (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of load

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: something that is lifted and carried
: an amount that can be carried at one time : an amount that fills something (such as a truck)
somewhat technical : the weight that is carried or supported by something

load

verb

English Language Learners Definition of load (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

load

noun
\ ˈlōd How to pronounce load (audio) \

Kids Definition of load

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : something lifted up and carried : burden
2 : the quantity of material put into a device at one time He washed a load of clothes.
3 : a large number or amount They collected loads of candy on Halloween.
4 : a mass or weight supported by something
5 : something that causes worry or sadness That's a load off my mind.
6 : a charge for a firearm

load

verb
loaded; loading

Kids Definition of load (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to put a load in or on They loaded the truck.
2 : to supply abundantly Newspapers loaded her with praise.
3 : to put something into a device so it can be used You have to load film into the camera.

Other Words from load

loader noun

load

noun
\ ˈlōd How to pronounce load (audio) \

Medical Definition of load

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a mass or weight put on something
b : the amount of stress put on something this normal instinctive fear which adds its load to the nervous system— H. G. Armstrong
c : an amount of something (as food or water) added to the body or available for use in some physiological process the cell's response to an increased metabolic loadEmergency Medicine
2 : the number or quantity (as of patients) to be accommodated or treated the patient load of physicians in private practiceJournal of the American Medical Association
3 : 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

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Medical Definition of load (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to put a load in or on rabbits were loaded with…pyruvate by intravenous injectionsExperiment Station Record
2 : to weight (as a test or experimental situation) with factors influencing validity or outcome
3 : to change by adding an adulterant or drug patent medicines were loaded with narcotics— D. W. Maurer & V. H. Vogel

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load

noun

Legal Definition of load

: 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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