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preload Line breaks: pre|load

Definition of preload in English:


Pronunciation: /priːˈləʊd/
1 [with object] Load beforehand: the camera comes preloaded with a 24-exposure film the package is preloaded on many home PCs
More example sentences
  • Today, all IBM personal computers are preloaded with a Microsoft Windows operating system.
  • UK system builder Brown is preloading software on its PCs which is designed to slash its support costs by 25 per cent.
  • Microsoft no longer preloads a version of its Reader software (used to read e-books) because it wants to save room for applications used more frequently.
1.1Give (a mechanical component) an internal load independent of any working load, typically in order to reduce distortion or noise in operation.
Example sentences
  • To minimize wobble, the rails are preloaded to apply pressure uniformly along the bearing.
  • The cup threads down to preload the bearings and adjust the headset independent of the stem.
  • The hammer strut is preloaded and separate from the trigger system.
2 [no object] (often as noun preloading) British informal Drink large quantities of alcohol before going out socially: preloading with cheap alcohol is at the root of a lot of crime
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  • The proliferation of cheap alcohol for sale off-trade has arguably led to a rise in preloading.
  • On average, women who pre-load consume over a third of their total amount of alcohol for that evening before leaving their own or their friends’ homes.
  • When kids who are drinking on the sly do venture out, they often preload first, fueling up on as much alcohol as they can hold before the evening begins so that the buzz lasts as long as possible.


Pronunciation: /ˈpriːləʊd/
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A thing loaded or applied as a load beforehand.
Example sentences
  • For the track, the compression had been turned way in from the standard setting, some preload added and the rebound left alone.
  • Rossi is trying to recall the setting on his front fork preload.
  • ‘Since this material is expanding over time,’ Jacobs says, ‘we can maintain or retain fastener preload through the life of the vehicle.’

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