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 or pathogenic agent, growth, or substance present in a human or animal body or test sample (as of blood or tissue) Recent advances in our knowledge about how HIV replicates sprang from new technology able to measure viral load—the level of HIV—in the blood. … The higher a person's viral load, the faster he or she gets sick.Discover In patients with a heavy hepatic tumor load, liver transplantation may prolong useful life.Scientific American Medicine Bulletin Over time the worm load will damage the heart, shortening the dog's life.— Susan Sharpe

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 The hospital had about 150 COVID-19 patients last week, including 22 in intensive care — more than 60% of all its patients — while also managing its normal load of other patients. Los Angeles Times, "‘He’s dying, aren’t you going to help him?’ Hospitals serving poor, nonwhite L.A. hit hardest by COVID-19," 30 Dec. 2020 New safety precautions onboard included a mandatory health questionnaire, staggered boarding, daily temperature checks, and reducing its passenger load by 60 percent. Davide Bertuccio, Travel, "Why cruise ships are setting sail again as COVID-19 rages," 25 Dec. 2020 Former students wouldn't be able to discharge only $10,000 or $50,000 but their entire debt load. Joe Nocera And Bloomberg Opinion, Star Tribune, "Bankruptcy is the solution to the student loan crisis," 25 Dec. 2020 It’s a problem several other major cities have encountered, including nearby Philadelphia, which combined waste and recycling streams in order to lessen its load. Emily Opilo, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore City recycling pickup to resume in January, Mayor Brandon Scott says," 15 Dec. 2020 Portland Public Schools hired substitute teachers this fall to lead credit recovery classes that students can take on top of their normal class load. oregonlive, "More than 1 in 5 Portland high schoolers did not complete at least one course in the fall quarter," 14 Dec. 2020 The company blamed its debt load of nearly $1 billion as well as rising labor and food costs for the bankruptcy. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, "The 30 retailers and restaurant chains that filed for bankruptcy in 2020," 12 Dec. 2020 If your wife always seems to be in the middle of a good book, but doesn’t necessarily want to lug them around with her on the go, give her the Kindle Paperwhite to help lighten her load. Rachel Murphy, USA TODAY, "52 meaningful gift ideas your wife will love," 11 Dec. 2020 The company’s lenders also gave the troubled trucker a 3 ½ year reprieve on its debt load after the aid package was announced. Kate Davidson, WSJ, "Mnuchin Defends Coronavirus-Relief Loan to Troubled Trucking Firm YRC," 10 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb As the flames spread, Bruchez’s brother, Doug, hurried to Granby with a horse trailer to help load up livestock and evacuate animals from the area. Ian James, AZCentral.com, "Climate's toll on the Colorado River: 'We can weather maybe a couple of years'," 1 Jan. 2021 Loading the Ars Technica homepage from 2001 was a slog, taking several minutes to load in all the text and images and eating up a good chunk of memory. Chris Wilkinson, Ars Technica, "Working from home at 25MHz: You could do worse than a Quadra 700 (even in 2020)," 11 Dec. 2020 Four new massive container cranes and the construction of a second 50-foot berth will allow longshoremen to load and unload two super-sized container ships at once, officials said. Colin Campbell, baltimoresun.com, "Ports America Chesapeake to spend $160 million on improvements to Baltimore’s Seagirt Marine Terminal," 4 Dec. 2020 Most high-riding trucks tend to toss your head from side to side when the anti-roll bars load up and release on rough- or off-road driving. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2021 Infiniti QX80 Remains Relevant," 24 Nov. 2020 That 74-man limit gives teams flexibility to load up at certain positions and give their best freshmen travel experience, even if those players may not see the field. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Ohio State football adjusts road logistics to account for ’kind of terrifying’ pregame coronavirus tests," 29 Oct. 2020 In 2020, Federal Premium Ammunition introduced the FireStick, an encapsulated propellant that is easy to load and impervious to the elements, and that allows a break-action muzzleloader to be charged or uncharged within seconds. Brad Fenson, Outdoor Life, "The FireStick Is Just the Latest Innovation in the Evolution of Muzzleloaders," 28 Oct. 2020 Workers have already taken on some jobs, including removing asbestos and establishing staging areas for industrial equipment that can load up and remove debris, such as concrete and rebar. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, "How and when the twin domes at San Onofre nuclear plant will come down," 23 Oct. 2020 Your best bet here is to load the magazine and leave the action closed with the safety off. Jim Baird, Field & Stream, "How to Ready Your Pump-Action Shotgun as Survival Tool for Bear Country," 21 Oct. 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

16 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Load.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/load. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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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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