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.

Recent Examples on the Web

Rather than simply reducing the workload on pilots, these systems are on the verge of becoming what amounts to another co-pilot. Alyson Behr, Ars Technica, "More than an auto-pilot, AI charts its course in aviation," 5 Dec. 2018 But in recent months, longer, busier days in the lab are becoming the norm for McManaman, as a mounting workload literally piles up behind her. Emilie Ikeda, Fox News, "Dealers return to the streets thanks to steep drug analysis backlogs," 3 Aug. 2018 Some others, meanwhile, have tired of the workload or the corporate drama, and walked away from Tesla for jobs at Waymo, Lyft or . Tim Higgins, WSJ, "Tesla Is the Hot Spot for Young Job Seekers," 25 Nov. 2018 Being in the sun also prompts your body to make more vitamin D, so that’s yet another process adding to its workload. Nina Bahadur, SELF, "Why Does Spending Time in the Sun Make You So Tired?," 8 Sep. 2018 As his workload decreased in recent years, Mr. Wharton approached Mr. Roswell with the idea of starting a formal mentoring program for younger partners and associates. Frederick N. Rasmussen,, "John G. 'Jack' Wharton, noted real estate attorney, dies," 11 July 2018 An analysis of the process, said Reid, found that 50 percent of the investigators’ workloads involves tasks such as driving around the country, finding sources and looking for people to talk to about the employees. Washington Post, "Pentagon to take over security clearance checks," 4 June 2018 With Ingram out for the first four games, Alvin Kamara will surely receive the bulk of the backfield workload, but traditionally, Payton has spread touches between multiple backs. Josh Katzenstein,, "New Orleans Saints players react to Mark Ingram's suspension," 10 May 2018 Both have shouldered the majority of the workload, but freshman Clark Churchill has been solid in a couple of starts. Sean Begin,, "High School Baseball: Windsor Relying On Experience Through Season's First Half," 5 May 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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to gather or build up little by little

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