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

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Officers found Dunkley at 9:18 p.m. April 18 on the ground in the open-air loading area between two rows of units at CubeSmart self-storage in the 3500 block of Behrman Highway. Hanna Krueger, NOLA.com, "Man arrested in April fatal shooting at Algiers storage facility: NOPD," 8 May 2018 Still, the industry is working on safety measures to reduce losses further, such as verifying container weights and establishing standard practices for loading containers onto ships. Erica E. Phillips, WSJ, "Today’s Logistics Report: China Bites Apple; Cargo Lost at Sea; Leasing into Freighters," 4 Jan. 2019 Cases are packed in a truck in the loading area at Southern Glazer’s on a recent day. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "This Thriving City—and Many Others—Could Soon Be Disrupted by Robots," 9 Feb. 2019 The blast occurred just after midnight at a loading area next to the plant operated by the Hebei Shenghua Chemical Industry Co. Ltd., according to a statement from the Zhangjiakou city government. Christopher Bodeen, The Seattle Times, "22 dead in blast outside northern China chemical plant," 28 Nov. 2018 When standing the loading area for Slinky Dog Dash, look in the upper right-hand corner of Andy’s crayon art on the far wall. Dewayne Bevil, OrlandoSentinel.com, "What we didn't tell you about Disney's Toy Story Land," 5 July 2018 Park at the area between Lowe's lumber loading area and Revolution Laser Tag. Caroline Blackmon, Detroit Free Press, "Road closures, traffic and parking for Detroit fireworks," 25 June 2018 The building has ceilings that range from 14 to 17 feet, an elevated loading area, a 1,000-square-foot mezzanine and a storage basement of equal size. New York Times, "Recent Commercial Real Estate Transactions," 5 June 2018 The facility will have a garage door in back for a loading area. Amy Lavalley, Post-Tribune, "Valparaiso food pantry plans to reopen after flooding: 'It's the house that love built'," 23 Apr. 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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