Definition of load factor in English:

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load factor

Pronunciation: /lōd ˈfaktər/ Pronunciation: /ˈfaktôr/


1The ratio of the average or actual amount of some quantity and the maximum possible or permissible.
Example sentences
  • Of course the average train over that particular journey probably has a higher load factor than the average car travelling between that same pair of cities.
  • This represents an average load factor of 70 per cent.
1.1The ratio between the lift and the weight of an aircraft.
Example sentences
  • First, since vehicle loss does not pose an inherent risk to human life, design margins can be reduced below the traditional 150 percent design load factor traditionally used for manned aircraft.
  • Your aircraft's wing interprets vertical gusts as a change in the angle of attack, thus significantly increasing the load factor.
  • Using a side-stick controller, the pilot will fly a longitudinal load factor and a lateral roll rate.

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Syllabification: load fac·tor

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