work·​load | \ ˈwərk-ˌlōd How to pronounce workload (audio) \

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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Maldonado and the Dodgers’ Yasmani Grandal are the only catchers close to Contreras’ workload this season. Phil Rogers,, "Cubs' Joe Maddon plans to lighten catcher Willson Contreras' workload with return of Victor Caratini," 7 July 2018 With workloads spread out among more pitchers, the season minimum in many fantasy leagues might need to be lowered. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Using relievers as starters has strategic value, fantasy implications," 30 May 2018 There is about a 10-13 percent total memory overhead in real workloads due to the larger number of processes. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Chrome now uses more RAM because of Spectre security fixes," 12 July 2018 If that dropoff in special teams workload was tied to performance, Robinson would serve himself well to have a nice preseason camp this summer, something that is possible if quarterback Patrick Mahomes takes over. Terez A. Paylor, kansascity, "Chiefs snap counts: Who won the D.J. Alexander trade? | The Kansas City Star," 12 Jan. 2018 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

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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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