Definition of preload in English:

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Pronunciation: /prēˈlōd/
[with object]
1Load beforehand: the software comes preloaded on the PC
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.


Pronunciation: /ˈprēlōd/
Something loaded or applied as a load beforehand: prices include DOS and Windows preload
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  • 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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Syllabification: pre·load

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