Definition of load in English:

load

Syllabification: load
Pronunciation: /lōd
 
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noun

  • 1A heavy or bulky thing that is being carried or is about to be carried: in addition to their own food, they must carry a load of up to eighty pounds
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    • If you require an estate car for carrying bulky loads, rather than heavy ones, the 1.4-litre petrol version is probably the one for you.
    • Longshoreman and other workers who must carry heavy loads, or who have their back bent for a long time can easily overstrain their backs.
    • They are usually used to haul heavy loads or carry cargoes.
    Synonyms
    cargo, freight, a consignment, a delivery, a shipment, goods, merchandise; a pack, a bundle, a parcel; a truckload, a shipload, a boatload, a vanload, a planeload
  • 1.1The total number or amount that can be carried in something, especially a vehicle of a specified type: a tractor-trailer load of new appliances
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    • Note: the list has been restricted to a half container load to minimise costs.
    • Some have a couple of shipping container loads dragging at their heels.
    • Since she exports artefacts by the container load, she often negotiate contracts with local artists, a year or more in advance.
  • 1.2The material carried along by a stream, glacier, ocean current, etc..
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    • Both types of channels periodically deposit their sediment load as lobes onto the axial channel belt where it is reworked.
    • The position of the orogenic load during the Late Carboniferous is poorly constrained.
    • Grass buffer zones or vegetative filter strips have been investigated as a means of reducing nutrient loads in streams.
  • 1.3An amount of items washed or to be washed in a washing machine or dishwasher at one time: I do at least six loads of washing a week
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    • Wash only full loads in the dishwasher, or handwash dishes with a basin of soapy water and a basin of clear rinse water.
    • Never mind that it takes me two hours to hang out four loads of washing, not including folding and ironing time and I usually do about 12 to 16 loads per week.
    • Wash and dry full laundry loads and use your dishwasher's air dry cycle.
  • 2A weight or source of pressure borne by someone or something: the increased load on the heart caused by a raised arterial pressure the arch has hollow spandrels to lighten the load on the foundations
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    • Joints move and bear a load: your weight, in other words.
    • Then they pressurise the load on top of the pillar.
    • It is possible he will be asked to drop some of the weight to ease the load on his left knee, in which he tore the ACL in 1998.
  • 2.1The amount of work to be done by a person or machine: Arthur has a light teaching load
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    • For many professional hosting services, sub domains are hosted on different machines to reduce the load on individual servers.
    • To control the load on each machine, a script is run which increases the nice level of each process the longer it executes.
    • It will create a light load on the CPU while serving the most requests possible.
  • 2.2A burden of responsibility, worry, or grief: consumers will find it difficult to service their heavy load of debt
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    • The debt was a heavy load on the part of the Government whose leaders were spending sleepless nights thinking about ways and means of overcoming the problem.
    • In other words, we should all individually carry what is our everyday load or responsibility, but where it becomes too heavy for us, we all join in and share the burden.
    • It concludes that since military service is a burden, moral considerations require that the load be shared as equally as possible.
    Synonyms
    commitment, responsibility, duty, obligation, charge, burden; trouble, worry, strain, pressure
  • 3 (a load of) • informal A lot of (often used to express one’s disapproval or dislike of something): she was talking a load of garbage
  • 3.1 (a load/loads) • informal Plenty: she spends loads of money on clothes there’s loads to see here, even when it rains
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    • There's loads to go through, it just takes so long to do!
    • And no there wasn't just one ticket counter there were loads.
    • Having these premises is really important for them because they'll be able to provide loads more services and be more of a resource for people.
    Synonyms
    a lot of, a great deal of, a large amount/quantity of, an abundance of, a wealth of, a mountain of; many, plenty of
    informal a heap of, a mass of, a pile of, a stack of, a ton of, lots of, heaps of, masses of, piles of, stacks of, tons of, a buttload of
  • 4The amount of power supplied by a source; the resistance of moving parts to be overcome by a motor.
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    • We employ a special platform to test loads on power supplies.
    • In fact, the system should be designed to permit individual modules to be taken off line for maintenance without removing the load from conditioned power.
    • Equipment was tested at maximum loads to check peak power loads and cooling capabilities.
  • 4.1The amount of electricity supplied by a generating system at any given time.
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    • To estimate your electrical load, total the wattage of all the equipment you'll operate at one time.
    • In general you share a transformer with several neighbors; and since you share a circuit with them, their loads will affect your electrical supply.
    • Two fully independent AC and DC electrical systems are each capable of supplying all essential loads in case of failure the other system.
  • 4.2 Electronics An impedance or circuit that receives or develops the output of a transistor or other device.
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    • Depending on the load, the voltage output will vary.
    • Since your main supply wires have some resistance, you will still get some flicker even when these loads are on different circuits.
    • When the current value detected by the current detector exceeds a predetermined value, power supply to the load is stopped using a breaker.

verb

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  • 1Put a load or large amount of something on or in (a vehicle, ship, container, etc.): they load up their dugout canoes
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    • They ensure the right vehicles are loaded in the right order so that the ship back in Europe is downloaded as quickly and efficiently as possible.
    • Yes, I packed and loaded vehicles, ripped apart furniture, and drove from one end of town to the other and beyond.
    • Response Time is defined as the time taken from the decision to begin treatment until the winter maintenance vehicles are loaded, manned and ready to leave the compound.
    Synonyms
    fill, fill up, pack, charge, stock, stack, lade
  • 1.1Place (a load or large quantity of something) on or in a vehicle, ship, container, etc.: stolen property from a burglary was loaded into a taxi
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    • They also provided maintenance support at the port of Antwerp, to help repair deadlined vehicles on the spot so they could be loaded into the ships on schedule.
    • The warm beer, the necessities and souvenirs laid out in the shopping area - everything had been loaded into vehicles or onto camels and brought out for the festival.
    • We now have container security initiatives and all kinds of gizmos and ways to check what's loaded into the containers.
    Synonyms
    pack, stow, store, stack, bundle; place, deposit, put away
  • 1.2 [no object] (Of a ship or vehicle) take on a load: when we came to the quay the ship was still loading
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    • After an internal investigation, McDonald said the company has tightened up regulations to ensure no crew members are shifting places while the vessel is loading or unloading.
    • In relation to the access from Castle Street which is two way, Mr Hearn said this led to conflict between vehicles at the Castle Street access and is often made worse by vehicles loading and unloading.
    • She sighed and slumped once more into the plastic orange chair; it was only ten minutes before the Greyhound bus started loading.
  • 1.3 [no object] (load up on) Take, buy, or consume a large amount of: I just went down to the store and loaded up on beer
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    • Our aim is to spend a whole day in here loading up on the food before assaulting the drinks menu at around dusk.
    • In stressful times, pregnant women are no different than the rest of us: they load up on carbohydrates, fatty foods, sweets and snacks.
    • Other times, she would load up on fast food while on the road.
  • 2Make (someone or something) carry or hold a large or excessive amount of heavy things: Elaine was loaded down with bags full of shopping
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    • And they were loaded down with so many people that they couldn't take them all.
    • They were loaded down with all kinds of freebies, including CDs and cardboard cut-outs of ‘Software Legends’.
    • The third year teachers are loaded down with thank you flowers and gifts from the students and write in the students year books.
  • 2.1 (load someone/something with) Supply someone or something with (something) in overwhelming abundance or to excess: the King and Queen loaded Columbus with wealth and honors
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    • My query was sincere, my comment was loaded with independently confirmable facts and you come back to me with… nothing.
    • He loads the film with pitch black comedy, giving it a rich texture that most filmmakers wouldn't be able to conjure up.
    • Politicians, pundits, and the hordes of bloggers have been polishing the brass on their discourse, loading their sentences with hot words that though they may glow with the flame of rhetoric, they are depleted of common sense…
    Synonyms
    reward, ply, regale, shower
  • 2.2 (usually be loaded) Bias toward a particular outcome: the odds were loaded against them before the match
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    • The way we are taught Shakespeare is too often loaded towards the idea that his plays are about supposedly unchanging things, like love or ambition or treachery.
    • ‘The system is heavily loaded in favour of the Americans,’ he insists.
    • The appraisal process is loaded in favour of the methodological commitments of the appraiser.
    Synonyms
    bias, rig, fix; weight
  • 3Charge (a firearm) with ammunition.
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    • In court, it was said he loaded the Derringer ‘out of curiosity’ and intended to use it on a shooting range, but never got round to it.
    • The breech permits loading the howitzer from the rear.
    • He began to load his gun, and handed out ammunition to the others.
    Synonyms
    prime, charge, prepare to fire/use
  • 3.1Insert something into (a device) so that it can be operated: load your camera before you start
  • 3.2Insert (something) into a device so that it will operate: load the cassette into the camcorder
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    • This does require a little more expertise than just being able to load film into the camera.
    • Perhaps this is, in part, a lesson learned from forgetting to load film into my camera as a junior.
    • And who wants to fiddle with a camera that is so small that loading the film requires a lot of patience and pretty small fingers?
    Synonyms
  • 3.3 Computing Transfer (a program or data) into memory, or into the central processor from storage.
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    • Once your program is loaded into memory, the CPU is really the limiting factor.
    • This takes a different approach to most of the other software, loading different programs to cope with different sections of the editing process, from capture through to creating a final product.
    • These represent programs that are loaded into memory.
  • 4Add an extra charge to (an insurance premium) in the case of a poorer risk.
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    • If capital markets were efficient, the default risk premium would be loaded exclusively on to the debt of the over-borrower; there would be no free riding.
    • The money is generated by loading the insurance premiums paid by credit unions to ECCU and passing the resulting income on to the ILCU.
    • Can life insurers load their premium if their policyholders work or live in trophy buildings and constructions that are potential terrorist targets?

Phrases

get a load of

informal Used to draw attention to someone or something: get a load of what we’ve just done
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  • The barkeep, cleaning a shot glass with a dirty rag, turns and shakes his head, ‘Would you get a load of that?’
  • Wait till they get a load of their long-awaited Vatican III and blow a gasket.
  • ‘I'm sorry, I just can't get over the size of those udders,’ I told him, ribbing Jon the entire time to get a load of those udders.

get (or have) a load on

US informal Become drunk.
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  • We drunkards, we sozzleheads, we gindogs, need to get a load on where we can trust the bartender to help us along, not look out for our safety.

load the bases

Baseball (Of the team at bat) fill all three bases with runners; (of a pitcher) allow all three bases to be occupied by runners.
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  • They closed the gap to 7-5 by the eighth inning, then loaded the bases in both the eighth and ninth, before finally losing 7-6.
  • The Red Sox loaded the bases in the ninth inning with nobody out, but they didn't score.
  • Wisely selling the play, he hustled to first base and was safe, loading the bases.

load the dice against/in favor of someone

Put someone at a disadvantage or advantage.
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  • Indeed it suggests that Waugh was loading the dice in favor of Tony, manipulating his reader's emotions in a manner worthy of Wilde's Dickens.

take a (or the) load off one's feet

Sit or lie down.
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  • Doing so will take a load off your feet, and prevent your brain from becoming clogged, cluttered or crashing like your hapless personal computer.
  • Jo pointed towards the screen door, ‘Come into the sun room. You can sit in my comfortable rockers and take a load off your feet.’

take a load off someone's mind

Bring someone relief from anxiety.
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  • Knowing that all of my reminders are safe and can be checked easily from one place definitely takes a load off my mind.
  • In the meantime, pop in your favorite movie and take a load off your mind, because you deserve it.
  • It would certainly take a load off the actor's mind that he/she may have lost Oscar because he wasn't funny enough or couldn't reach that high C, or been able to emote enough to bring out the tears.

Origin

Old English lād 'way, journey, conveyance', of Germanic origin; related to German Leite, also to lead1; compare with lode. The verb dates from the late 15th century.

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