: the amount of a deleterious or pathogenic agent, growth, or substance present in a human or animal body or test sample (as of blood or tissue)
Recent advances in our knowledge about how HIV replicates sprang from new technology able to measure viral load—the level of HIV—in the blood. … The higher a person's viral load, the faster he or she gets sick.Discover
In patients with a heavy hepatic tumor load, liver transplantation may prolong useful life.Scientific American Medicine Bulletin
Over time the worm load will damage the heart, shortening the dog's life. Susan Sharpe
: 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
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. Verbload 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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
The plane was full Sunday, but if the load had been unbalanced that should have been clear on takeoff.
Dominic Gates, Anchorage Daily News, 11 Sep. 2022 The highest electrical load ever drained by Californians was 50,270 megawatts on July 24, 2006.
Matthias Gafni, San Francisco Chronicle, 5 Sep. 2022 And the average student debt load is about $36,000, which means that Biden's plan only covers a portion of the typical borrower's outstanding loans.
Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 25 Aug. 2022 As a consequence, the average student debt load on graduation is more than $30,000, and the average student debt-to-income ratio is 55 percent.
Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 24 Aug. 2022 But the debt load involved in JetBlue Airways' planned merger with Spirit Airlines isn't the only reason S&P Global Ratings is casting a skeptical eye on the deal.WSJ, 2 Aug. 2022 The load carrying capacity modification labels are incorrect.Detroit Free Press, 26 July 2022 The load carrying capacity modification labels are incorrect.USA TODAY, 22 July 2022 The Tennessee Valley Authority reports Monday’s peak system load was 31,311 megawatts at 5 p.m. at a regional average temp of 94 degrees.
Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 14 June 2022
Low water levels in the Mississippi River mean the barges many of them normally load their product onto are not in operation, forcing the farmers to drive long distances to alternative sites to deliver their crops.
Evan Halper, Washington Post, 10 Nov. 2022 Murga, an infantry officer assigned to the DEA station in Bogotá, got suspicious when Gould asked him to load a pair of punching bags onto a C-130 bound for Florida, and to not stop by the U.S. embassy on the way to the airfield.
Seth Harp, Rolling Stone, 4 Sep. 2022 Reverse ATMs are available inside the southeast and southwest entry gates to load cash onto prepaid debit cards.San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Aug. 2022 The hay-stacking, tractor-driving event involved teams of three working together to load hay onto a wagon at the back of a tractor then driving the tractor through an obstacle course.
Allana Haynes, Baltimore Sun, 8 Aug. 2022 For a dumbbell hip thrust, begin your set-up while sitting on the floor by standing the dumbbells vertically and then rolling them onto your pelvis, making sure to load them properly for even weight distribution on your hips, Rice says.
Tiffany Ayuda, SELF, 8 Aug. 2022 The young Black sailor was assigned to load munitions onto ships during World War II in Contra Costa County.
Joshua Sharpe, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 Aug. 2022 If Perseverance breaks down, the two helicopters being built and launched later this decade would load the samples onto the rocket instead.
Jonathan Moore, Fox News, 28 July 2022 The Bengals should be using this discount to subsidize other positions and load up for another Super Bowl run.
Jason Williams, The Enquirer, 1 Sep. 2022 See More
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Noun and Verb
Middle English lod, from Old English lād support, carrying — more at lode