Definition of live load in English:

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live load

Pronunciation: /ˌlīv ˈlōd/


The weight of people or goods in a building or vehicle. Often contrasted with dead load.
Example sentences
  • When forms are removed, supporting forms and shores must not be removed from walls (or other structural units) until concrete is strong enough to carry its own weight and any other superimposed dead or live loads.
  • ‘The tower's steel frame is encased in concrete to give it mass and cut down on motions from wind and live loads,’ Shah says.
  • The research undertaken was applied to the architect's design, with analysis rafter self-weight, and theoretical dead loads of bamboo sheeting and live loads representing rain and maintenance.

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