load·ing | \ ˈlō-diŋ \

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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Passengers and baggage need loading, fuel needs pumping, flight plans need agreeing. Jack Stewart, WIRED, "The Surprisingly Simple iPad Apps Pilots Use to Make Your Flight Better," 26 Apr. 2018 Before loading, grease the interior of the slow cooker crock with butter or nonstick cooking spray. Debbi Snook, cleveland.com, "Screamin' Good Carnitas (recipe)," 31 Jan. 2018 Error loading player: No playable sources found Students everywhere are feeling scrutinized by strict dress codes. Samantha Brodsky, Good Housekeeping, "This School "Banned" Teachers From Wearing Capris," 4 Aug. 2017 Curtsinger, who worked on the Buffalo Trace loading docks, distributed the whiskey through a syndicate that included members of his recreational softball team, authorities said. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "'Pappygate' ringleader gets shock probation after 30 days in prison," 29 June 2018 Drivers can expect to pony up a bit more money for infractions like going over the meter time limit, parking in a residential zone without a permit, double-parking, and parking in a loading zone. Jaclyn Reiss, BostonGlobe.com, "Drivers, beware: Boston parking ticket prices are going up, starting today," 2 July 2018 The carriages were phased out in the mid-1960s, partly because their narrow doorways made loading and unloading throngs of riders inefficient. Daniel Miller, latimes.com, "Walt Disney's first love lives on at this historic California ranch," 24 May 2018 The shipyards in Nantes stopped loading and unloading freighters, and work in much of the car manufacturing and aeronautics industries also ceased. Alissa J. Rubin, New York Times, "May 1968: A Month of Revolution Pushed France Into the Modern World," 5 May 2018 The Outlander is designed for easy loading and unloading of gear in the rear cargo area, which has 34.2 cubic feet of space when the third seat is not in place. G. Chambers Williams Iii, star-telegram, "Mitsubishi’s Outlander GT has room for the family, V-6, and all-wheel drive | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 5 May 2018

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First Known Use of loading

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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27 Aug 2018

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

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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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