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

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 Short was with Pence in the Capitol on Jan. 6, as pro-Trump rioters overtook the building and the pair were forced to evacuate to the safety of a loading dock underneath the Capitol complex. CBS News, 26 July 2022 Canete says the bikeway resulted in a loss not only of parking spots but also commercial loading zones, which is crucial for businesses like hers that lack alleys or back doors. San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Feb. 2022 Yellow loading zones are generously scattered all over Los Angeles. Los Angeles Times, 24 Aug. 2021 Also the city will continue to enforce restrictions against parking in loading zones, including carryout zones. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 13 Aug. 2021 Arrange for Jeff to be smuggled into the Lancaster loading dock inside a delivery crate. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 26 July 2022 When an officer offered to help Proudfoot, he was said to have looked confused as to the location of the loading docks or proper procedures of the hotel, the affidavit said. Bradford Betz, Fox News, 1 July 2022 Most commonly, bad storms could disrupt the flow of trucks steadily rolling up to assembly plant loading docks. Paul A. Eisenstein, NBC News, 17 Feb. 2022 The project will include a second ballroom with an outdoor terrace, and add meeting rooms, indoor parking and loading docks. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 27 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of loading

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Last Updated

11 Aug 2022

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“Loading.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loading. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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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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