- The definition of a load is something that a person, animal or thing is carrying.
An example of load is furniture stacked into a moving van.
- Load is defined as to fill something up or to provide with an excess.
- An example of load is to pile a truck with furniture.
- An example of load is to fill up on cheeseburgers and fries.
A truck carrying a full load.
load definition by Webster's New World
- something carried or to be carried at one time or in one trip; burden; cargo
- the amount that can be or usually is carried: a measure of weight or quantity varying with the type of conveyance, often used in combination: a carload of coal
- something carried with difficulty; specif.,
- a heavy burden or weight
- a great mental or spiritual burden: a load off one's mind
- the weight that a structure bears or the stresses that are put upon it
- a single charge, as of powder and bullets, for a firearm
- ☆ the amount of work carried by or assigned to a person, group, etc.: the course load of a student, the caseload of a social worker
- Informal a great amount or number: loads of friends
- the amount of power delivered by a generator, motor, etc. or carried by a circuit
- a device to which this power is delivered
- Finance an amount, expressed as a percentage of the net asset value, added to the price of some mutual fund shares to cover sales commissions and other marketing costs
- Mech. the rate at which work is done by an engine, etc.; specif., the external resistance offered to an engine by the machine that it is operating
Origin: Middle English lode ; from Old English lad, a course, way, journey ; from Germanic an unverified form laidō, way ; from Indo-European base an unverified form leit(h)-, to go, leave from source lead, Old Norse litha, Gothic galeithan, to go: sense influenced, influence by Middle English laden, lade
- to put something to be carried into or upon; esp., to fill or cover with as much as can be carried: to load a wagon with wheat
- to put into or upon a carrier: to load coal into a truck
- to weigh down with or as with a heavy load; burden; oppress
- to supply in large quantities; give much of something to: to load a person with honors, a novel loaded with suspense
- to put a charge of ammunition into (a firearm, etc.)
- to put (a roll of film or a plate) into (a camera)
- to add weight to, esp. so as to make one end or one side heavier: dice fraudulently loaded to fall with a certain face up
- to add extra or excessive costs, profits, etc. to: to load an expense account
- to add (an adulterant, filler, etc.) to
- to phrase (a question, etc.) so as to elicit a desired answer or reaction
- ☆ Baseball to have or cause to have runners on (first, second, and third bases)
- Comput. to transfer (a program or data) into main memory from a disk, tape, etc.
- to put a charge of ammunition into a firearm
- to receive a charge of ammunition: mortars that load at the muzzle
- to put on, receive, or take on passengers, goods, fuel, etc.: the bus is loading
- loader noun
load definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. A weight or mass that is supported: the load on an arch.b. The overall force to which a structure is subjected in supporting a weight or mass or in resisting externally applied forces.
- a. Something that is carried, as by a vehicle, person, or animal: a load of firewood.b. The quantity that is or can be carried at one time.
- a. The share of work allocated to or required of a person, machine, group, or organization.b. The demand for services or performance made on a machine or system.
- The amount of material that can be inserted into a device or machine at one time: The camera has a full load of film.
- A single charge of ammunition for a firearm.
- a. A mental weight or burden: Good news took a load off my mind.b. A responsibility regarded as oppressive.
- The external mechanical resistance against which a machine acts.
- Electricity a. The power output of a generator or power plant.b. A device or the resistance of a device to which power is delivered.
- A front-end load.
- Informal A great number or amount. Often used in the plural: loads of parties during the holiday season.
- Slang A heavy or overweight person.
- Genetic load.
- a. To put (something) into or onto a structure or conveyance: loading grain onto a train.b. To put something into or onto (a structure or conveyance): loaded the tanker with crude oil.
- To provide or fill nearly to overflowing; heap: loaded the table with food.
- To weigh down; burden: was loaded with worries.
- To insert (a necessary material) into a device: loaded film into the camera; loaded rounds into the rifle.
- To insert a necessary material into: loaded the camera with film.
- Games To make (dice) heavier on one side by adding weight.
- To charge with additional meanings, implications, or emotional import: loaded the question to trick the witness.
- To dilute, adulterate, or doctor. See Synonyms at adulterate.
- To raise the power demand in (an electrical circuit), as by adding resistance.
- To increase (an insurance premium or mutual fund share price) by adding expenses or sale costs.
- Baseball To have or put runners on (first, second, and third base).
- Computer Science a. To transfer (data) from a storage device into a computer's memory.b. To mount (a diskette) onto a floppy disk drive.c. To mount (a magnetic tape) onto a tape drive.
- To receive a load: Container ships can load rapidly.
- To charge a firearm with ammunition.
- To put or place a load into or onto a structure, device, or conveyance.
Origin: Middle English lode, alteration (influenced by laden, to load) of lade, course, way, from Old English lād; see leit- in Indo-European roots.
load - Business Definition
load - Computer Definition
- The amount of traffic placed on a circuit or system.
- In reference to a load coil, or loading coil, which acts as a lumped inductor to compensate for capacitance on a long twisted pair copper circuit. See also loading coil.
- The amount of force or weight on a cable. Dynamic load refers to the short-term load placed on a cable during installation. Static load refers to the long-term load placed on a cable, such as a riser cable, which hangs vertically. See also bend diameter and tensile strength.
(1) To copy a program from some source, such as the hard disk or CD-ROM, into memory for execution. In the early days, programs were loaded first and then run. Today, when referring to applications, loading implies load and run. Thus, "load" the program, "run" the program and "launch" the program are synonymous. People often use the term erroneously to refer to installation; therefore, "load the program" may really mean "install the program."
(2) To fill up a disk with data or programs.
(3) To insert a disk or tape into a drive.
(4) In programming, to store data in a register.
(5) In performance measurement, the current use of a system as a percentage of total capacity.
(6) The flow of current through a circuit. The load is the amount of power used by electrical and electronic equipment.
(7) The volume of traffic in a network.
load - Investment & Finance Definition
A charge added to the sale of shares in a mutual fund. The load covers sales commissions and other market costs. A mutual fund without a sales charge is called a no-load mutual fund. Typically loads range from 0.5% to 2.0% of the mutual fund’s assets under management.
load - Medical Definition
load - Phrases/Idioms
get a load ofâ Slang
- to listen to or hear
- to look at or see
have a load on
get a load of
- To look at; notice.
- To listen to: Get a load of this!
have a load on
take a load off
load - Science Definition
- The resistance, weight, or power drain sustained by a machine or electrical circuit. Compare effort.
- The power output of a generator or power plant.
- The amount of a pathogen or toxic substance present in an organism.