load
I. noun Etymology: Middle English lod, from Old English lād support, carrying — more at lode Date: 12th century 1. a. the quantity that can be carried at one time by a specified means; especially a measured quantity of a commodity fixed for each type of carrier — often used in combination <
a boatload of tourists
>
b. whatever is put on a person or pack animal to be carried ; pack c. whatever is put in a ship or vehicle or airplane for conveyance ; cargo; especially a quantity of material assembled or packed as a shipping unit 2. a. a mass or weight supported by something <
branches bent low by their load of fruit
>
b. the forces to which a structure is subjected due to superposed weight or to wind pressure on the vertical surfaces; broadly the forces to which a given object is subjected 3. a. something that weighs down the mind or spirits <
took a load off her mind
>
b. a burdensome or laborious responsibility <
always carried his share of the load
>
4. slang an intoxicating amount of liquor drunk 5. a large quantity ; lot — usually used in plural 6. a. a charge for a firearm b. the quantity of material loaded into a device at one time 7. external resistance overcome by a machine or prime mover 8. a. power output (as of a power plant) or power consumption (as by a device) b. a device to which power is delivered 9. a. (1) the amount of work that a person carries or is expected to carry (2) the amount of authorized work to be performed by a machine, a group, a department, or a factory b. the demand on the operating resources of a system (as a telephone exchange or a refrigerating apparatus) 10. slang eyeful — used in the phrase get a load of 11. the amount of a deleterious microorganism, parasite, growth, or substance present in a human or animal body <
measure viral load in the blood
>
<
the worm load in rats
>
— called also burden 12. an amount added (as to the price of a security or the net premium in insurance) to represent selling expense and profit to the distributor 13. genetic load II. verb Date: 15th century transitive verb 1. a. to put a load in or on <
load a truck
>
b. to place in or on a means of conveyance <
load freight
>
2. a. to encumber or oppress with something heavy, laborious, or disheartening ; burden <
a company loaded down with debts
>
b. to place as a burden or obligation <
load more work on him
>
3. a. to increase the weight of by adding something heavy b. to add a conditioning substance (as a mineral salt) to for body c. to weight or shape (dice) to fall unfairly d. to pack with one-sided or prejudicial influences ; bias e. to charge with multiple meanings (as emotional associations or hidden implications) f. to weight (as a test) with factors influencing validity or outcome 4. a. to supply in abundance or excess ; heap, pack b. to put runners on (first, second, and third bases) in baseball 5. a. to put a load or charge in (a device or piece of equipment) <
load a gun
>
b. to place or insert especially as a load in a device or piece of equipment <
load film in a camera
>
c. to copy or transfer (as a program or data) into a computer's memory especially from an external source (as a disk drive or the Internet) 6. to alter (as an alcoholic drink) by adding an adulterant or drug 7. a. to add a load to (an insurance premium) b. to add a sum to after profits and expenses are accounted for <
loaded prices
>
intransitive verb 1. to receive a load 2. to put a load on or in a carrier, device, or container; especially to insert the charge or cartridge in the chamber of a firearm 3. to go or go in as a load <
tourists loading onto a bus
>
4. to become loaded into a computer's memory <
the program loads quickly
>
loader noun

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  • Load — (l[=o]d), n. [OE. lode load, way; properly the same word as lode, but confused with lade, load, v. See {Lade}, {Lead}, v., {Lode}.] 1. A burden; that which is laid on or put in anything for conveyance; that which is borne or sustained; a weight;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Load — may refer to:*Structural load, forces which are applied to a structure *Cargo, Freight, or Lading *The load of a mutual fund (see Mutual fund fees and expenses) *The load of an insurance contract, defined as the percent increase of the expected… …   Wikipedia

  • load — [lōd] n. [ME lode < OE lad, a course, way, journey < Gmc * laidō, way < IE base * leit(h) , to go, leave > LEAD1, ON litha, Goth galeithan, to go: sense infl. by ME laden, LADE] 1. something carried or to be carried at one time or in… …   English World dictionary

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  • Load — 〈[loʊd] f. 10; umg.〉 Dosis eines Rauschmittels [engl., „Ladung“] * * * Load   [ləʊd »Last«] die, / s, alte britische Einheit für unterschiedliche Größen: 1) Zähleinheit, z. B. 1 Load Heringe = 14 440 Stück; 2) Masseneinheit für Stroh u. a., z. B …   Universal-Lexikon

  • load — ► NOUN 1) a heavy or bulky thing being or about to be carried. 2) a weight or source of pressure. 3) the total number or amount carried in a vehicle or container. 4) (a load/loads of) informal a lot of. 5) the amount of work to be done by a… …   English terms dictionary

  • Load — Load, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Loaded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Loading}. Loaden is obsolete, and laden belongs to lade.] 1. To lay a load or burden on or in, as on a horse or in a cart; to charge with a load, as a gun; to furnish with a lading or cargo, as …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • load — n: an amount added (as to the price of a security or the net premium in insurance) to represent selling expense and profit to the distributor compare no load Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. load …   Law dictionary

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