pre·​load | \ ˈprē-ˌlōd How to pronounce preload (audio) \
preloaded; preloading; preloads

Definition of preload

transitive verb

: to load in advance and especially at a time removed from that of use preloaded software

Examples of preload in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web All of the software that creates images on your screen is preloaded onto the drive. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "How To Use Google Chromecast," 29 Aug. 2019 There are people who load KODI onto inexpensive Fire TV sticks and then preload third-party add-ons (kind of like bookmarks) that point to servers offering pirated video streams. Dallas News, "Stream everything for free? Is it legal?," 27 June 2019 So scammers preload the text of the event entry with a phishing link and a short line to entice targets to click. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "Tricky Scam Plants Phishing Links in Your Google Calendar," 17 June 2019 Safari doesn’t come preloaded with bookmarks to partner websites. Nilay Patel, The Verge, "There’s only one important question to ask about Apple’s future," 2 July 2019 After years of preloading iPhones with Google Maps, Apple pivoted to its own mapping program in 2012 via iOS 6, a move that was problematic for users as it was riddled with flaws. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "iOS 13: Apple Maps gets a brand new look this fall," 4 June 2019 Guests who need a nudge toward oblivion can borrow noise-canceling headphones, use iPods preloaded with the meditation app Calm, and adjust reclining mattresses to prop their legs above their body, a position meant to promote blood flow. Ashley Mateo, WSJ, "Are $15 Nap Breaks the New Lunch Breaks?," 29 Aug. 2018 Computer scientists want to have their creations explore novel environments that don’t come preloaded with quantifiable objectives. Quanta Magazine, "Clever Machines Learn How to Be Curious," 19 Sep. 2017 The app even has preloaded recipes and temperatures for different meats. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "Late to the Party: Sous Vide," 12 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of preload

1945, in the meaning defined above

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pre·​load | \ -ˈlōd How to pronounce preload (audio) \

Medical Definition of preload

: the stretched condition of the heart muscle at the end of diastole just before contraction

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