load·​ing ˈlō-diŋ How to pronounce loading (audio)
: a cargo, weight, or stress placed on something
: material used to load something : filler

Examples of loading in a Sentence

the accident was caused by an 18-wheeler with a loading in excess of the legal limit
Recent Examples on the Web Russian operators were forced to suspend the loading of crude oil on ships at the Novorossiysk terminal because of the storm, operators said in a statement. Marc Santora, New York Times, 27 Nov. 2023 All of the best muzzleloaders can shoot sub-MOA with consistent loading and cleaning; the most significant variant is the shooter’s capability. Brad Fenson, Outdoor Life, 1 Nov. 2023 The Uni-One can also lower the user quickly—the low position is better for loading and unloading—to help prevent falls. Evan Williams, Ars Technica, 31 Oct. 2023 The relocation would also entail major renovations to the new site including building elevations, construction of a loading area, landscaping repairs to the existing parking spaces and the installation of a sidewalk on the north side of the building. George Wiebe, Chicago Tribune, 11 Sep. 2023 Tony brought several Knight muzzleloaders, and I was given a quick rundown of features, loading tips, and techniques. Brad Fenson, Outdoor Life, 1 Nov. 2023 Technically, that deafening tone is the loading sound of the ZX Spectrum, an 8-bit computer introduced in 1982 for gaming and amateur programming. Nina Corcoran, Pitchfork, 25 Oct. 2023 Reuters reported that groups of civilians in the region’s capital, called Stepanakert by Armenians, were seen loading and packing belongings onto buses. Patrick Reevell, ABC News, 25 Sep. 2023 Three walls abut sidewalks, loading zones and parking areas; an adjacent store shares the fourth. Barry Markovsky, Discover Magazine, 29 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of loading was in the 15th century

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“Loading.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loading. Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition


: the amount or degree to which something is or can be loaded
: administration of a factor or substance to the body or a bodily system in sufficient quantity to test capacity to deal with it
: the relative contribution of each component factor in a psychological test or in an experimental, clinical, or social situation

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