load

noun
\ ˈlōd How to pronounce load (audio) \

Definition of load

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the quantity that can be carried at one time by a specified means especially : a measured quantity of a commodity fixed for each type of carrier often used in combination a boatload of tourists
b : whatever is put on a person or pack animal to be carried : pack donkeys with heavy loads
c : whatever is put in a ship or vehicle or airplane for conveyance : cargo The ship was carrying a load of automobiles. especially : a quantity of material assembled or packed as a shipping unit
2a : a mass or weight supported by something branches bent low by their load of fruit
b : the forces to which a structure is subjected due to superposed weight or to wind pressure on the vertical surfaces broadly : the forces to which a given object is subjected Losing weight will lessen the load on your knees.
3a : something that weighs down the mind or spirits took a load off her mind
b : a burdensome or laborious responsibility always carried his share of the load
4 slang : an intoxicating amount of liquor drunk
5 : a large quantity : lot usually used in pluralThe boy had loads of toys.
6a : a charge for a firearm
b : the quantity of material loaded into a device at one time
7 : external resistance overcome by a machine or prime mover
8a : power output (as of a power plant) or power consumption (as by a device)
b : a device to which power is delivered
9a(1) : the amount of work that a person carries or is expected to carry his heavy load of day-to-day workNew York Times
(2) : the amount of authorized work to be performed by a machine, a group, a department, or a factory The washer can take a 10-pound load.
b : the demand on the operating resources of a system (such as a telephone exchange or a refrigerating apparatus)
10 slang : eyeful used in the phrase get a load ofGet a load of his new car.
11 : the amount of a deleterious microorganism, parasite, growth, or substance present in a human or animal body measure viral load in the blood the worm load in rats

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12 : an amount added (as to the price of a security or the net premium in insurance) to represent selling expense and profit to the distributor

load

verb
loaded; loading; loads

Definition of load (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to put a load in or on load a truck
b : to place in or on a means of conveyance load freight
2a : to encumber or oppress with something heavy, laborious, or disheartening : burden a company loaded down with debts
b : to place as a burden or obligation load more work on him
3a : to increase the weight of by adding something heavy
b : to add a conditioning substance (such as a mineral salt) to for body
c : to weight or shape (dice) to fall unfairly
d : to pack with one-sided or prejudicial influences : bias
e : to charge with multiple meanings (such as emotional associations or hidden implications)
f : to weight (something, such as a test) with factors influencing validity or outcome
4a : to supply in abundance or excess : heap, pack
b : to put runners on (first, second, and third bases) in baseball
5a : to put a load or charge in (a device or piece of equipment) load a gun
b : to place or insert especially as a load in a device or piece of equipment load film in a camera
c : to copy or transfer (something, such as a program or data) into the memory of a digital device (such as a computer) especially from an external source (such as a disk drive or the Internet) Load a new program or game onto your hard disk, and you must run an installation program that decompresses the information held on the floppy disks— Paul C. Schuytema
d : to put a supply of funds or resources into (an account, a gift card, etc.) She was told to go to the Dollar General Store and load a Google Play gift card with $100.The Times Reporter (New Philadelphia, Ohio)
6 : to alter (something, such as an alcoholic drink) by adding an adulterant or drug
7a : to add a load to (an insurance premium)
b : to add a sum to after profits and expenses are accounted for loaded prices

intransitive verb

1 : to receive a load
2 : to put a load on or in a carrier, device, or container especially : to insert the charge or cartridge in the chamber of a firearm
3 : to go or go in as a load tourists loading onto a bus
4 : to become loaded into a computer's memory the program loads quickly
load up on
1 : to ingest in usually large amounts senators loading up on fried chicken and champagne— H. L. Mencken
2 : to acquire in usually large amounts loaded up on hot stocks

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Verb

loader noun

Examples of load in a Sentence

Noun He lifted the load onto his shoulders. She was carrying a heavy load of legal documents in her briefcase. He picked up a load of firewood and carried it into the house. The truck was carrying a full load of sand. Losing weight will lessen the load on your knees. His death is a heavy load to bear. Verb load a truck with packages Workers were loading and unloading the ships as they came into port. We loaded up and drove off. load packages on a truck We loaded our luggage in the car and drove off. Workers were loading cargo on the ships. She loaded the table with all kinds of delicious foods. load a tape into the VCR The film didn't load properly. The bus stopped to load a few more passengers.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That is about the only area where her load will be reduced. Sam Whiting, SFChronicle.com, "How an ER doctor plans a dinner party during the pandemic," 2 Aug. 2020 The latter three will be expected to carry an even larger load for the defense in 2020. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "What Gabe Powers’ commitment means for Ohio State football: Buckeye Recruiting," 1 Aug. 2020 The Sacramento Kings will rely on De'Aaron Fox and Buddy Hield to shoulder the load when the NBA season resumes. Fox News, "Sacramento Kings: What to know before NBA restarts pandemic-shortened season," 30 July 2020 Greg Siskind, an immigration lawyer based in Memphis, Tenn., said that both visa types have long carried with them the stipulation that an online-only course load wouldn’t count toward maintaining the visa requirements. Shraddha Chakradhar, STAT, "‘I feel like I am not welcome’: Medical, doctoral students from abroad grapple with uncertainty from new ICE rules," 10 July 2020 In competing in a doubleheader, teams are forced to have on hand an additional load of spare parts that normally would be relegated to the team shop. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, "With Penske looking to add more doubleheaders in 2021, teams recognize the work, benefits they bring," 9 July 2020 The report, citing sources, indicates the company could enter Chapter 11 as soon as this week and eliminate $700 million of its $1.1 billion debt load. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Ascena - owner of Ann Taylor, Loft, Lane Bryant - to close 1,200 stores, per report," 9 July 2020 Brooks Brothers filed for bankruptcy, felled by the pandemic’s impact on clothing sales and its own heavy debt load. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, "Brooks Brothers files for bankruptcy as the pandemic keeps customers home," 8 July 2020 The Treasury Department loan, through a provision of the $2.2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill, will over time nearly double its debt load to around $1.6 billion, Mr. Pierson said. Jennifer Smith, WSJ, "YRC Lenders Agree to Extend Trucker’s Debt Terms," 8 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Belly up to a pintxos bar, get a beer, and load up on snacks the size of your head, made with fresh seafood, vegetables, and cheese, surrounded by surf beaches. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "51 Things in Europe that Every Traveler Needs to Experience," 4 Aug. 2020 Bam ram: Without Butler to load up on free throws, Adebayo took over in that aspect, up to 8 of 10 in the first half, after an uneven start from the field. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "Robinson’s late 3s lift Butler-less Heat over Celtics 112-106," 4 Aug. 2020 BofA sees this as an opportune time to load up on stocks and hold off on bonds. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Investors catch TikTok mania as global markets climb," 4 Aug. 2020 Logan Morrison flew out, then White Sox manager Rich Renteria elected to put Keston Hiura on to load the bases for Yelich. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "White Sox 6, Brewers 4: Delayed home opener proves to be a downer," 3 Aug. 2020 At one point, the suspect with the gun pointed it at the victim and attempted to load it several times, police said, before the group got back into the car and left the area. oregonlive, "Two juveniles arrested after assault near downtown protests in Portland, police say," 30 July 2020 Coupons are still available digitally to members to load onto membership cards from the BJ's app or from its website. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "BJ's Wholesale Club opens Friday in Chesterfield, what to know," 30 July 2020 In the eighth, Oakland put two runners on against Díaz before Mark Canha was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Janie Mccauley, Star Tribune, "Rockies rely on strong bullpen again, sweep 2 from A's," 29 July 2020 Lab workers must mix the samples with special chemicals, then load them into large, expensive machines. Amanda Morris, The Arizona Republic, "Science fiction or real life? Arizona company wants to use lasers to detect coronavirus," 4 July 2020

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First Known Use of load

Noun

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for load

Noun and Verb

Middle English lod, from Old English lād support, carrying — more at lode

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The first known use of load was in the 12th century

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Last Updated

7 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Load.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/load. Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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load

noun
How to pronounce load (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of load

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: something that is lifted and carried
: an amount that can be carried at one time : an amount that fills something (such as a truck)
somewhat technical : the weight that is carried or supported by something

load

verb

English Language Learners Definition of load (Entry 2 of 2)

: to put an amount of something in or on (something)
: to put (an amount of something) into or onto something
: to supply (someone or something) with a large amount of something

load

noun
\ ˈlōd How to pronounce load (audio) \

Kids Definition of load

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : something lifted up and carried : burden
2 : the quantity of material put into a device at one time He washed a load of clothes.
3 : a large number or amount They collected loads of candy on Halloween.
4 : a mass or weight supported by something
5 : something that causes worry or sadness That's a load off my mind.
6 : a charge for a firearm

load

verb
loaded; loading

Kids Definition of load (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to put a load in or on They loaded the truck.
2 : to supply abundantly Newspapers loaded her with praise.
3 : to put something into a device so it can be used You have to load film into the camera.

Other Words from load

loader noun

load

noun
\ ˈlōd How to pronounce load (audio) \

Medical Definition of load

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a mass or weight put on something
b : the amount of stress put on something this normal instinctive fear which adds its load to the nervous system— H. G. Armstrong
c : an amount of something (as food or water) added to the body or available for use in some physiological process the cell's response to an increased metabolic loadEmergency Medicine
2 : the number or quantity (as of patients) to be accommodated or treated the patient load of physicians in private practiceJournal of the American Medical Association
3 : the amount of a deleterious microorganism, parasite, growth, or substance present in a human or animal body measure viral load in the blood the worm load in rats

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Medical Definition of load (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to put a load in or on rabbits were loaded with…pyruvate by intravenous injectionsExperiment Station Record
2 : to weight (as a test or experimental situation) with factors influencing validity or outcome
3 : to change by adding an adulterant or drug patent medicines were loaded with narcotics— D. W. Maurer & V. H. Vogel

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load

noun

Legal Definition of load

: an amount added (as to the price of a security or the net premium in insurance) to represent selling expense and profit to the distributor — compare no-load

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