payload

noun pay·load \ ˈpā-ˌlōd \
|Updated on: 17 Jun 2018

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

  1. The truck is carrying a payload of 2,580 pounds.

  2. the space shuttle can carry a maximum payload of approximately 50,000 pounds

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First Known Use of payload

1914

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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PAYLOAD Defined for English Language Learners

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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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