work·load | \ ˈwərk-ˌlōd \

Definition of workload 

1 : the amount of work or of working time expected or assigned students with a heavy workload

2 : the amount of work performed or capable of being performed (as by a mechanical device) usually within a specific period

Examples of workload in a Sentence

Students complained about the heavy workload.

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The cadavers’ ligaments blew apart at just over 40 pounds of force, which means pitchers work right up to the workload of having their shoulders explode. Tom Verducci,, "There Are Too Many Strikeouts in Baseball: Here's How to Fix the Problem," 14 June 2018 The main points of contention in the contract, which covers the current school year, were related to the salaries and workload of teachers. David Hernandez,, "National City school district, teachers reach contract settlement," 29 May 2018 New rain collectors funnel water to toilets, saving water and cutting the workload of pumps. National Geographic, "From Historic to Cutting Edge: Revitalizing Iconic Buildings," 25 May 2018 The non-salaried appointment would add extra duties to the workload of Julian, who serves as the city’s finance director. Gregory Tejeda, Daily Southtown, "Eight Oak Forest roads to be resurfaced this season," 9 May 2018 The additional three employees are intended to help with the additional workload of dispatching Grafton police services. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Grafton redirects 911 lines to Ozaukee County dispatch, might not keep police dept. lobby open 24/7," 2 May 2018 During a monthly case audit, McCourt discovered Valdez had about 70 open cases, a high number but not completely unusual given the workload of the unit. Emilie Eaton, San Antonio Express-News, "Six months after a sex-crimes detective was fired, a woman still waits for justice," 16 Apr. 2018 Planning a protest comes with huge responsibilities, and doing it with friends makes all the difference in managing your workload. Jenni Corwin, Teen Vogue, "What Exactly a Die-In Is, and How to Organize Your Own," 6 July 2018 The plan, Wilks said, is to increase Bradford’s workload next week during a three-day minicamp, the last organized work the team will do until training camp opens July 28. Kent Somers, azcentral, "Cardinals rookie QB Josh Rosen impressive but Sam Bradford still the favorite to start season," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of workload

1899, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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: the amount of work that is expected to be done

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