Definition of payload
1 : the load carried by a vehicle exclusive of what is necessary for its operation; especially : the load carried by an aircraft or spacecraft consisting of things (such as passengers or instruments) necessary to the purpose of the flight
2 : the weight of a payload
Examples of payload in a Sentence
The truck is carrying a payload of 2,580 pounds.
the space shuttle can carry a maximum payload of approximately 50,000 pounds
Recent Examples of payload from the Web
North Korea has said Pukguksong-2 could carry a nuclear payload.
The Titan XD diesel has the capabilities of some bigger heavy-duty pickups, including towing of up to 12,000 pounds and a payload of 2,000 pounds, while maintaining a half-ton pickup's cab size.
JHO was designed to meet the tight constraints imposed by the Air Force: a vehicle that could hold a 4.5-kilogram payload over the same location for 5 days at an altitude of 4600 meters.
The Vulcan rocket which will compete against SpaceX for future launches of national security and NASA payloads.
The primary goal is putting the customer's payload into orbit and one minute and 15 seconds after the booster landing Sunday, the Falcon 9 second stage engine shut down to complete the first of two required burns.
The $38 million office flies about 10 to 15 balloons per year, lofting scientific payloads for a fraction of the cost of a satellite launch.
Satisfied the drug is being well tolerated by his patient, Mandel bumps up the infusion rate, delivering the payload that will spike the ketamine in her bloodstream.
When completed, the airship will become the world's largest aircraft at about 650 feet long, although its payload is not known, according to the Guardian.
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First Known Use of payload
PAYLOAD Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of payload for English Language Learners
: the amount of goods or material that is carried by a vehicle (such as a truck)
: the things (such as passengers or bombs) that are carried by an aircraft or spacecraft
: the weight of a payload
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