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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The average run is about 200 miles and is automated from end to end, including surface-street navigation, Mr. Price said, although the trucks need a human driver to back up to loading docks. Jennifer Smith, WSJ, "Self-Driving Truck Tech Startup TuSimple Raises $95 Million in New Funding," 13 Feb. 2019 The cavernous cargo cabin measures 39.6 feet long by 10.6 feet wide, with a drive-on, drive-off rear loading ramp for embarking cargo and wheeled vehicles. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia Is Still Selling the World’s Largest Helicopter, 40 Years After First Flight," 16 Apr. 2019 The company now expects shipments from its Edmonton rail loading facility to stop entirely in February. Rebecca Elliott, WSJ, "Canada Can’t Capitalize on Crude Shortfall Created by Venezuela Sanctions," 14 Feb. 2019 Shell declared force majeure on Bonny Light crude shipments last month following pipeline leaks, while loadings of Forcados exports were also delayed. Elisha Bala-gbogbo, Bloomberg.com, "Shell Says Nigeria Attacks Recur Even as Oil Output Recovers," 5 June 2018 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

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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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