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noun \ˈlōd\
Updated on: 26 Jul 2017

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.

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Origin and Etymology of load

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

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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

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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.

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Origin and Etymology of load

see 1load


Financial Definition of LOAD

load

What It Is

A load is a fee paid to purchase or sell a specific investment. It is expressed as a percentage of the amount invested. The term is most often used when discussing mutual funds.

How It Works

In general, there are two kinds of loads: front-end loads and back-end loads. A front-end load is a fee paid to purchase an investment, and a back-end load is a fee paid to sell an investment (it may also be called a contingent deferred sales charge, an exit fee, or a redemption charge). A no-load fund is one that does not charge any fees of this type.

Let's assume you are interested in making a $10,000 investment in the Company XYZ mutual fund. If the fund has a 4% front-end load, then of the $10,000 investment, $400 ($10,000 x .04) is paid to the fund company and $9,600 is actually invested in the fund as a result. Ideally, the earnings from the investment should more than make up for the front-end load. In this example, the front-end loaded fund must return 14.6% in one year to reach $11,000 in value after the fee.

If the fund instead has a 4% back-end load, then you must pay a $400 fee upon the sale of the investment ($10,000 x .04). Again, the earnings from the investment should ideally more than make up for the back-end load. In this example, the back-end loaded fund must therefore return 14% in one year to reach $11,000 in value after the fee.

Clearly, the size of the load affects the size of the investor's return. In our example, if the Company XYZ fund is a no-load fund, then in order to reach $11,000 in value after one year, it only needs to generate a 10% return.

Front-end loads vary widely and may apply to reinvestments of dividends, interest, or capital gain. This mutual funds are often referred to as A Shares. When looking at mutual fund trading information, front-end loaded mutual funds will have ask prices that are greater than the fund's net asset value (or bid price). The ask price equals the fund's net asset value plus the front-end load.

Back-end loads are commonly assessed on the beginning value of the investment, although some companies calculate the fee on the ending value if it is lower than the original purchase price. Back-end load mutual funds are often referred to as B Shares. Generally, back-end loads are reduced for each year the investor holds the investment. If the investor holds the investment long enough, many funds waive the back-end fee. For example, a back-end fee might be 5% in the first year, 4% in the second year, and so forth until the fee is zero.

Frequently, investors are able to pay reduced loads if they make large investments. The amount that qualifies for a reduced load is called the breakpoint and varies from investment to investment. Some funds may have more than one breakpoint. In some cases, an investor can sign a letter of intent with the investment company, promising to invest a certain amount over time in order to qualify for the reduced load now.

Why It Matters

Loads discourage investors from frequently trading their mutual fund shares, an activity that requires funds to have considerable amounts of cash on hand rather than invested. Generally, however, a load is considered payment for the broker's expertise in selecting the right fund for the investor. Notably, there is considerable controversy about whether load funds perform better or worse than no-load funds.

Loads are most often associated with mutual funds, but annuities, life insurance policies, and limited partnerships may also have loads. Mutual funds must disclose loads and other fees in their prospectuses, and it is important to understand that a load is only one of several types of fees that may be charged. Thus, when comparing investments, investors should be careful to evaluate all fees associated with an investment, not just the size of the load.


LOAD Defined for English Language Learners

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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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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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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

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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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