load·​ing | \ ˈlō-diŋ How to pronounce loading (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web Crew loading and storing food will be required to wear PPE. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, "Face masks, COVID-19 screening: EU issues guidelines for return to cruising amid pandemic," 1 July 2020 Still, Mendes said that COVID-19 contamination of soybeans would be nearly impossible given the automation of the soybean ship-loading process and the beans' weeks-long journey to China. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, "China wants U.S. soybeans checked for coronavirus, further complicating the trade deal with Trump," 24 June 2020 But four days before his custom boat for that trip was to be shipped from England, the loading dock where it was stored was shut down indefinitely, hamstrung by the coronavirus pandemic. Gregory Thomas, SFChronicle.com, "Solo paddler kayaks entire Sacramento River, 350 miles from Redding to Golden Gate," 14 June 2020 The big news is that the PlayStation 5’s loading times apparently allow Ratchet and Clank to teleport from planet to planet near-instantaneously. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Sony reveals the PlayStation 5 and trailers for Horizon, Gran Turismo, Spider-Man and more," 11 June 2020 The increase in traffic resulted in slow loading times for both the app and the website over the past week. Jazmin Goodwin, CNN, "Apps highlighting black-owned businesses see a surge in support during pandemic and protests," 7 June 2020 But in reality, the FireStick doesn’t actually make the hunting part easier, just the loading and reloading aspect of shooting a muzzleloader. Alex Robinson, Outdoor Life, "Federal’s FireStick Will Be a Game Changer in the Muzzleloader Hunting World," 2 June 2020 At least six supertankers have been chartered to haul U.S. crude to Asia for June loading, fixture reports compiled by Bloomberg show. Firat Kayakiran, Bloomberg.com, "China’s Oil Thirst Draws an Armada of Tankers," 31 May 2020 The original loading was a blunt-nosed 156-grain bullet driven at 2,379 fps. David E. Petzal, Field & Stream, "The 6.5 Creedmoor Vs. the 6.5x55 Swedish," 26 May 2020

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First Known Use of loading

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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5 Jul 2020

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“Loading.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loading. Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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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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