Definition of preload in English:


Syllabification: pre·load
Pronunciation: /prēˈlōd


[with object]
  • 1Load beforehand: the software comes preloaded on the PC
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    • 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.
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    • 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.


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  • 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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