loading

noun
load·​ing | \ ˈlō-diŋ \

Definition of loading

1 : a cargo, weight, or stress placed on something
3 : material used to load something : filler

Keep scrolling for more

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

The thing is, carbo-loading without nutrients like fat and protein to temper the rise in glucose can make your blood sugar spike, then dip, which is not ideal. Zahra Barnes, SELF, "Skipping Meals: What Happens When You're Not Eating Enough," 4 Jan. 2019 The ship-loading facility, benefiting from expanding harvests on Canada’s western plains and regulatory changes to the way grain companies can ship crops, has nearly doubled its agricultural exports since 2008. Jacob Bunge, WSJ, "A Warming Climate Brings New Crops to Frigid Zones," 25 Nov. 2018 This room’s packed with locals, bleary-eyed but happy, and carb-loading like marathoners. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "Loud, Crowded, Grease-Stained, and Gloriously Drunk: Where the World Eats After Hours," 8 Oct. 2018 Buying a pair of front-loading machines allowed us to stack them, using vertical space that would be wasted otherwise. Jourdan Fairchild, House Beautiful, "The $400 Makeover That Actually Makes Me Look Forward To Doing Laundry," 6 Oct. 2018 Prosecutors presented evidence that Siraj Ibn Wahhaj provided some of the children with firearms training, including tactical skills such as speed-loading guns and firing while in motion. Morgan Lee, Fox News, "3 accused of abuse at New Mexico compound await release," 15 Aug. 2018 In Spain, the trade union organization CCOO told the Associated Press that 90 percent of workers at a warehouse near Madrid staged a walkout on Friday and Saturday, leaving only two people to man the loading dock. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "Amazon workers in Italy, Germany, Spain, and the UK staged mass walkouts, protesting poor conditions and low wages.," 27 Nov. 2018 With hundreds of thousands of chickens in a typical operation (meat operations are smaller than egg-production facilities, but still in the hundred thousands), evacuation wouldn’t be a matter of a farmer loading up his truck. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "How 3.4 million chickens drowned in Hurricane Florence," 24 Sep. 2018 SpaceX’s post-explosion investigation took place in Texas, where engineers tested the fuel loading process at the company’s McGregor test facility near Waco. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "SpaceX and NASA Reach Agreement on Astronaut Safety," 20 Aug. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'loading.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of loading

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about loading

Statistics for loading

Last Updated

15 Jan 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for loading

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

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for loading

loading

noun
load·​ing

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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on loading

What made you want to look up loading? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

important, real, or meaningful

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Homophone Quiz

  • three-bears-two-of-them-look-like-theyre-whispering-to-a-third-bear-who-looks-chuffed-to-be-the-center-of-attention
  • In order to judge how people felt, the senator's office hired a firm to take a ______.
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!