Payload definition

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A cargo, or the part of a cargo, producing income.
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The revenue-producing part of a cargo.
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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.

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(communication) The actual data in a data stream.
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The total weight of passengers and cargo that an aircraft carries or can carry.
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The total weight of the instruments, crew, and life-support systems that a spacecraft carries or can carry.
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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.
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The explosive charge carried by a missile or contained in a bomb.
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The passengers, crew, instruments, or equipment carried by an aircraft, spacecraft, or rocket.
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The weight of such a load.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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That part of a cargo that produces revenue.
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The total weight of passengers, crew, equipment, and cargo carried by an aircraft or spacecraft.
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That part of a rocket, missile, propelled stinger, or torpedo that is not concerned with propulsion or guidance, such as a warhead or satellite.
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(computing) The functional part of a computer virus rather than the part that spreads it.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
payload
Plural:
payloads

Origin of payload