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1 weight to be borne or conveyed [syn: loading, burden]
2 a quantity that can be processed or transported at one time; "the system broke down under excessive loads" [syn: loading]
3 goods carried by a large vehicle [syn: cargo, lading, freight, loading, payload, shipment, consignment]
4 an amount of alcohol sufficient to intoxicate; "he got a load on and started a brawl"
5 the power output of a generator or power plant
6 an onerous or difficult concern; "the burden of responsibility"; "that's a load off my mind" [syn: burden, encumbrance, incumbrance, onus]
7 a deposit of valuable ore occurring within definite boundaries separating it from surrounding rocks [syn: lode]
8 the front part of a guided missile or rocket or torpedo that carries the nuclear or explosive charge or the chemical or biological agents [syn: warhead, payload]
9 electrical device to which electrical power is delivered


1 fill or place a load on; "load a car"; "load the truck with hay" [syn: lade, laden, load up]
2 provide with munition; "He loaded his gun carefully" [syn: charge]
3 put (something) on a structure or conveyance; "load the bags onto the trucks"

User Contributed Dictionary




Old English lād


  1. A burden; a weight to be carried.
    I struggled up the hill with the heavy load in my rucksack.
  2. A worry or concern to be endured, especially in the phrase a load off one's mind.
  3. A certain number of articles or quantity of material that can be transported or processed at one time.
    The truck overturned while carrying a full load of oil.
    She put another load of clothes in the washing machine.
  4. often in plural (colloquial) A large number or amount.
    I got loads of presents for my birthday!
    I got a load of emails about that.
  5. The volume of work required to be performed.
    Will our web servers be able to cope with that load?
  6. The force exerted on a structural component such as a beam, girder, cable etc.
    Each of the cross-members must withstand a tensile load of 1,000 newtons.
  7. The electrical current or power delivered by a device.
    I'm worried that the load on that transformer will be too high.
  8. Any component that draws current or power from an electrical circuit.
    Connect a second 24 ohm load across the power supply's output terminals.
  9. A unit of measure, often equivalent to the capacity of a waggon, but later becoming more specific measures of weight.
    • 1866: If this load equals its modern representative, it contains 18 cwt. of dry, 19 of new hay. — James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, Volume 1, p. 172.
  10. A very small explosive inserted as a gag into a cigarette or cigar.


number of articles that can be transported or processed at one time
in plural: colloquial: a large number or amount
  • French: des tas (of: de) m plural
  • Italian: un sacco (of: di) m singular


  1. (usually transitive, occasionally intransitive) To put a load on (something).
    The dock workers refused to load the cargo onto the ship.
    The truck was supposed to leave at dawn, but in fact we spent all morning loading.
  2. To fill (a firearm or artillery) with munition.
    I pulled the trigger, but nothing happened. I had forgotten to load the gun.
  3. To insert (an item or items) into an apparatus so as to ready it for operation, such as a reel of film into a camera, sheets of paper into a printer etc.
    Now that you've loaded the film you're ready to start shooting.
  4. (computing) To read (data or a program) from a storage medium into computer memory.
    Click OK to load the selected data.
  5. (computing) To transfer from a storage medium into computer memory.
    This program takes an age to load.
  6. To fill the bases with runners
    He walks to load the bases.
  7. In the context of "especially of dice": To tamper with so as to produce a biased outcome. Often used figuratively, to indicate the gaining of an advantage.
    You can load the dice in your favour by researching the company before your interview.
    The wording of the ballot paper loaded the vote in favour of the Conservative candidate.
  8. To ask or adapt a question so that it will be more likely to be answered in a certain way.


put a load on
fill a firearm or artillery
computing: read data or a program into memory


  1. Second-person plural imperative of loar.

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load in Simple English: Load

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