load·​ing | \ˈlō-diŋ \

Definition of loading 

1 : a cargo, weight, or stress placed on something

3 : material used to load something : filler

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Examples of loading in a Sentence

the accident was caused by an 18-wheeler with a loading in excess of the legal limit

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There’s a long Padres tradition of back-loading contracts or taking on a back-loaded contracts and then trading the player before the bigger money comes due. Tom Krasovic, sandiegouniontribune.com, "With big salaries coming, Wil Myers getting on track would be big for Padres," 20 June 2018 So was Graffiti Pier, a former coal-loading pier near Port Richmond that police shut down last month, citing safety concerns. Anna Orso, Philly.com, "The woman who died in Pennypack Creek was a 'queen' in the urban exploration world," 6 June 2018 Morreale only had one loading dock door in Fulton Market. Ryan Ori, chicagotribune.com, "In exodus from Fulton Market, surviving meatpackers scatter and adapt," 13 July 2018 All items are sold as-is, and no loading assistance will be available. Caroline Blackmon, Detroit Free Press, "State of Michigan's semi-annual surplus sale set for Saturday," 9 July 2018 But Lichtenstein said loading coffee with extra fat and calories isn't healthy. Lindsey Tanner, courant.com, "Fresh grounds for coffee: Study shows it may boost longevity," 3 July 2018 Johnson County officials approved its declaration Tuesday, saying it was based of fuel loading, weather conditions and the drought index there, according to a tweet from the Johnson County Emergency Management Office. Mitch Mitchell, star-telegram, "Counties surrounding Tarrant battle wildfire threat with fireworks bans," 3 July 2018 But Lichtenstein said loading coffee with extra fat and calories isn’t healthy. Lindsey Tanner, BostonGlobe.com, "Drinking up to 8 cups of coffee a day might help you live longer, new study says," 3 July 2018 But Lichtenstein said loading coffee with extra fat and calories isn’t healthy. Lindsey Tanner, The Seattle Times, "Fresh grounds for coffee: Study shows it may boost longevity," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of loading

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Medical Definition of loading 

1a : the amount or degree to which something is or can be loaded

b : administration of a factor or substance to the body or a bodily system in sufficient quantity to test capacity to deal with it

2 : the relative contribution of each component factor in a psychological test or in an experimental, clinical, or social situation

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