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 plural The 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 of Get a load of his new car.
11 : 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

called also burden

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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Other Words from load

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 One of the major selling points for the PS5 and new Xbox systems was the almost non-existent load times for games. Brian Mazique, Forbes, 23 Sep. 2021 One early paper, published in August 2020 in the Journal of Pediatrics, found that the viral load of some children in the first two days of symptoms could be higher than in severely ill adults, implying a high degree of potential infectiousness. Ariana Eunjung Cha, Anchorage Daily News, 28 Aug. 2021 Although viral load is not a perfect predictor of infectiousness, the data suggest that children could potentially be as contagious as adults. BostonGlobe.com, 16 Aug. 2021 In addition to being more contagious, evidence suggests that the viral load in patients in the early days with the delta variant is higher than when people were sick with other variants. cleveland, 12 Aug. 2021 Viral load is a term that refers to how much virus is present in the body. NBC News, 12 Aug. 2021 The load on the rod was so heavy that the nut made the walls of the channel cave in. Andrew Zaleski, Popular Mechanics, 10 Aug. 2021 The Biden administration has argued that because of low interest rates, the debt load is manageable. New York Times, 10 Aug. 2021 Its viral load is thousands of times higher than our previous variants. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 28 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Wandy Peralta intentionally walked Cedric Mullins to load the bases. Kristie Ackert, courant.com, 17 Sep. 2021 The Yankees automatically walked Cedric Mullins to load the bases before Ryan Mountcastle struck out to bring Hays to the plate. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, 17 Sep. 2021 Ynoa walked Garrett Hampson to load the bases, struck out Brendan Rodgers and walked Charlie Blackmon. George Henry, ajc, 16 Sep. 2021 Pinch hitter Travis Shaw walked with one out to load the bases. BostonGlobe.com, 15 Sep. 2021 Houser walked Bradley Zimmer to load the bases before finally escaping when Lavarnway grounded into a force at second. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 Sep. 2021 Maddox Jones then walked on four pitches to load the bases for Ohio. Brett Crossley, Detroit Free Press, 30 Aug. 2021 After McCarthy's hit, pinch hitter Josh VanMeter walked to load the bases and give Ahmed a chance against his longtime ex-teammate with two outs. José M. Romero, The Arizona Republic, 30 Aug. 2021 Blackmon walked, Story doubled to left, snapping an 0-for-24 slump, and Cron was walked intentionally to load the bases. Mike Digiovanna, Los Angeles Times, 29 Aug. 2021

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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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25 Sep 2021

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load

noun

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)
: 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

called also burden

load

transitive verb

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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