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noun \ˈlōd\

Definition of load

  1. 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 touristsb :  whatever is put on a person or pack animal to be carried :  pack donkeys with heavy loadsc :  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

  2. 2a :  a mass or weight supported by something branches bent low by their load of fruitb :  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.

  3. 3a :  something that weighs down the mind or spirits took a load off her mindb :  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 The boy had loads of toys.

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

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

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

  9. 9a (1) :  the amount of work that a person carries or is expected to carry his heavy load of day-to-day work — New 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. 10 slang :  eyeful —used in the phrase get a load of Get a load of his new car.

  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 and Etymology of load

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

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load

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Definition of load

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to put a load in or on load a truckb :  to place in or on a means of conveyance load freight

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

  4. 3a :  to increase the weight of by adding something heavyb :  to add a conditioning substance (such as a mineral salt) to for bodyc :  to weight or shape (dice) to fall unfairlyd :  to pack with one-sided or prejudicial influences :  biase :  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

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

  6. 5a :  to put a load or charge in (a device or piece of equipment) load a gunb :  to place or insert especially as a load in a device or piece of equipment load film in a camerac :  to copy or transfer (something, such as a program or data) into a computer's memory especially from an external source (such as a disk drive or the Internet)

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

  8. 7a :  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.

Origin and Etymology of load

see 1load


LOAD Defined for English Language Learners

load

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Definition of load for English Language Learners

  • : 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

load

verb

Definition of load for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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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


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Definition of load for Students

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loading

  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

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Medical Dictionary

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noun \ˈlōd\

Medical Definition of load

  1. 1a:  a mass or weight put on somethingb:  the amount of stress put on something this normal instinctive fear which adds its load to the nervous system—H. G. Armstrongc:  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. 2:  the number or quantity (as of patients) to be accommodated or treated the patient load of physicians in private practice—Journal of the American Medical Association

  3. 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—called also burden

  4. 4:  genetic load


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transitive verb

Medical Definition of load

  1. 1:  to put a load in or on rabbits were loaded with…pyruvate by intravenous injections—Experiment Station Record

  2. 2:  to weight (as a test or experimental situation) with factors influencing validity or outcome

  3. 3:  to change by adding an adulterant or drug patent medicines were loaded with narcotics—D. W. Maurer & V. H. Vogel


Law Dictionary

load

noun

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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