train·​load | \ ˈtrān-ˌlōd How to pronounce trainload (audio) \

Definition of trainload

: the full freight or passenger capacity of a railroad train also : a load that fills a train

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Recent Examples on the Web Plants that make feed for the cattle receive ingredients by the trainload. New York Times, "Belching Cows and Endless Feedlots: Fixing Cattle’s Climate Issues," 20 Oct. 2020 Among the rumors were from people reporting seeing large trainloads of military vehicles in Wisconsin to enforce quarantines. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin National Guard leaders dispel more rumors over military response to coronavirus outbreak," 2 Apr. 2020 Taxes levied on the vast trainloads of coal hauled to power plants across the West means the state has never had an income tax, and its sales taxes are among the nation's lowest. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, "When Democrats are the bogeymen: A possible Trump loss has these voters very worried," 19 Jan. 2020 But suddenly 10,000-ton trainloads were rolling on rails more than 2,000 miles to the British Columbia port of Prince Rupert. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Edward Lotterman: Taconite layoffs manifest old debate," 22 Nov. 2019 The discord comes as Orlando faces mounting political pressure to get rid of OUC’s flagship power plants that burn trainloads of coal, adding to emissions of climate-heating greenhouse gases. Kevin Spear,, "OUC confronts manager misconduct, plunging morale | Special report," 12 June 2019 One of the company’s assets was a trainload of coal, over a million dollars’ worth, at the Cloverlick No. Campbell Robertson, New York Times, "Unpaid Miners Blocked a Coal Train in Protest. Weeks Later, They’re Still There.," 19 Aug. 2019 The plant would recycle trainloads of steel dust, a hazardous waste. USA TODAY, "Charlottesville remembered, drive-thru ban, ketchup karma: News from around our 50 states," 13 Aug. 2019 But the fateful Glenrowan showdown with an incoming trainload of cops doesn't go as planned, as anyone familiar with the bushranger's legend will know. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'True History of the Kelly Gang': Film Review | TIFF 2019," 6 Sep. 2019

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1819, in the meaning defined above

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“Trainload.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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