- Payload is the cargo that produces income, or the bombs or missiles carried by an aircraft.
- When there are 20 people who paid to go on a plane, these people are an example of the payload.
- When a bomber has 10 bombs, the bombs are an example of the payload.
payload definition by Webster's New World
- a cargo, or the part of a cargo, producing income
- a load that consists of anything carried by an aircraft, rocket, etc. that is not essential to its flight operations, including warheads, spacecraft, or passengers
- the weight of such a load
payload definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The revenue-producing part of a cargo.
- a. The total weight of passengers and cargo that an aircraft carries or can carry.b. The total weight of the instruments, crew, and life-support systems that a spacecraft carries or can carry.c. The passengers, crew, instruments, or equipment carried by an aircraft, spacecraft, or rocket.
- The explosive charge carried in the warhead of a missile.
payload - Business Definition
payload - Computer Definition
- Also known as the text field.The user data within a block, cell, frame, or packet. See also block, cell, data format, frame, packet, and text field.
- The user data that traverses a circuit or network, in contrast to signaling and control information and overhead. Signaling and control information is used to monitor, supervise, maintain, and otherwise manage and control a network and its components. Overhead data is used for purposes such as addressing, congestion management, error control, priority indication, and routing calls, blocks, frames, packets, and cells containing payload. See also block, cell, frame, overhead, packet, and signaling and control.
Associated with a computer virus, it is the malicious software content that the virus executes. The term payload is also the actual data that is encapsulated in a packet and is transmitted on a network. Payload is also a critical concept in Web services, identifying the data that is transmitted. The payload in Web services is XML based, thus delivering the data in a standardized format that can be understood by many diverse applications.
Symantec Security Response. Glossary. [Online, July 15, 2004.]. http:// securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/refa.html.
(1) Refers to the "actual data" in a packet or file minus all headers attached for transport and minus all descriptive meta-data. In a network packet, headers are appended to the payload for transport and then discarded at their destination. In a key-length-value structure, the key and length are descriptive data about the value (the payload). See protocol stack.
(2) In the analysis of malicious software such as worms, viruses and Trojans, it refers to the software's harmful results. Examples of payloads include data destruction, messages with insulting text or spurious e-mail messages sent to a large number of people.