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 If Immanuel Quickley elects to start his NBA career, Kentucky could also use a veteran point guard to pair with Askew, reducing pressure on the freshman to carry the load from day one. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "These recruits could be key players for Kentucky basketball next season," 17 Mar. 2020 Carrying a load of groceries and a screaming infant up four or five flights of steep, dark stairs, is, pardon the pun, another story. Robert Bryce, Time, "How Electric Elevators Transformed the Modern City," 10 Mar. 2020 The Eagles defense, led by Goodson, has helped carry the load. Joseph Hoyt, Dallas News, "10 players to watch at the 2020 UIL boys basketball state tournament," 10 Mar. 2020 Being able to brake and control the cart in rough terrain or on side slopes are important considerations, as is the ability to control your rate of descent while carrying a heavy load. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Reasons You Need a Powered Garden Wagon," 25 Feb. 2020 But the burden of carrying the load rests with a bullpen that has gone from liability to starting place for pitching optimism. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "For a change, Red Sox bullpen is the pitching building block," 24 Feb. 2020 The pattern helps the tire carry the load without penetrating too deeply into the sand. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "To Drive on the Moon, We'll Need Tough-as-Hell Tires," 19 Feb. 2020 Antetokounmpo didn't need to carry the load offensively during Milwaukee's last meeting with Indiana. Akeem Glaspie, Indianapolis Star, "T.J. McConnell reflects on 18-game losing streak in Philadelphia as Pacers' streak hits 6," 11 Feb. 2020 With no official hosts, comedy duos like Steve Martin and Chris Rock, Maya Rudolph and Kristen Wiig, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell carried the load with comedy bits. WSJ, "Hollywood Veterans Brad Pitt, Laura Dern Win Acting Oscars," 10 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Blocks away on Broadway, shoppers were loading up on masks, rubber gloves and antiseptic wipes for protection against the spreading virus. Corey Kilgannon, New York Times, "An Impromptu Wedding, Social Distancing Included," 20 Mar. 2020 The equipment managers loaded the team’s gear onto a bus, the coaches retrieved their belongings from the arena, and everyone headed to the airport. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings' Jeff Blashill relives the 'weird day' when the NHL season paused," 19 Mar. 2020 At Lineage’s hub facilities in places such as Mira Loma, Calif., workers are loading and unloading trucks round the clock, racking up record overtime. Jesse Newman, WSJ, "Coronavirus-Era Food Supply: America Has a Lot. Moving It Is Tricky.," 19 Mar. 2020 Colvin and his brother, Noah Colvin, had loaded up on the items before online retailer Amazon stopped their sales and the Tennessee attorney general sent a cease-and-desist letter. CBS News, "They hoarded sanitizer hoping for a big profit. Now they're donating it.," 16 Mar. 2020 Some are loading meals onto buses and dropping food off at bus stops. Mandy Mclaren, The Courier-Journal, "Amid school closures due to the coronavirus, JCPS offers meals to thousands of students," 16 Mar. 2020 At various outlets like Sam’s Club, Walmart, Pick ’n Save and Costco, customers were loading up on goods or staring at empty shelves where bottled water and paper goods were once stacked. Ricardo Torres, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "From shopping to child care, Wisconsinites brace for altered daily life amid the coronavirus pandemic," 14 Mar. 2020 In Sun City, a large retirement community near Phoenix, dozens of older shoppers loaded up with multiple packs of toilet paper, bottled water and jugs of bleach. Annie Gowen, Washington Post, "Life in the time of coronavirus: Anxious Americans pivot to new routines," 14 Mar. 2020 The woman loaded the groceries into her vehicle and drove away. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, "Intoxicated men knock on front doors in separate incidents: Brook Park Police Blotter," 28 Feb. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'load.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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22 Mar 2020

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“Load.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/load. Accessed 3 Apr. 2020.

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load

noun

Financial Definition of 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.

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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

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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

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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