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.
Recent Examples on the Web Now, six weeks after suffering an injury on the first play of the Rice contest, Brown is ready for a full workload entering the final three-game stretch of the season. Evan Dudley, al, "Position-by-position breakdown for UAB’s home tilt with UTEP," 14 Nov. 2019 Observations: The Ravens generated big-time production while asking for season-low workloads from many of their starters, a neat trick to pull off in Week 10, when everyone is a bit banged up. Childs Walker,, "Ravens snap-count analysis from Week 10 win vs. Bengals: Despite major production, offensive stars get light day at the office," 11 Nov. 2019 Moneyline: Take the LAKERS at -167 odds with both of their two biggest stars active and ready for full workloads to begin the season. Esten Mclaren, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Los Angeles Lakers at Los Angeles Clippers odds, lines, picks and betting tips," 22 Oct. 2019 Gurley has rushed for 2,556 yards and 30 touchdowns the past two seasons, but is averaging 13.8 carries this season amid speculation his reportedly arthritic knee is the reason for his lighter workload. Eric Branch,, "Good news for hobbling 49ers: Rams also banged up," 11 Oct. 2019 There seems to be confidence Trey Wingenter navigated a rookie learning curve in terms of how to maintain his mechanics and preparation for a large workload. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Analysis: Padres have more construction to do if they are going to fulfill 2020 vision," 28 Sep. 2019 For as long as Barkley is sidelined, Wayne Gallman is in line for a large workload. Kevin Hanson,, "Early Week 4 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire," 22 Sep. 2019 And a full year off gave Bell plenty of time to recover, so his body should be fresh for the grueling workload he will be expected to shoulder in this offense. Allen Kim, CNN, "It's Week 1 of the NFL season. Here's what to watch for in fantasy football," 5 Sep. 2019 Coleman, formerly of the Atlanta Falcons, is no slouch and certainly offers a bigger body for a bigger workload. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, "49ers 27, Chiefs 17: Top takeways from Garoppolo’s bounce-back game," 24 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of workload

1899, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Workload.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 5 December 2019.

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: the amount of work that is expected to be done

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