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payload Line breaks: pay|load
Pronunciation: /ˈpeɪləʊd/

Definition of payload in English:


1The part of a vehicle’s load, especially an aircraft’s, from which revenue is derived; passengers and cargo.
Example sentences
  • The airplane will usually be carrying a payload (passengers, cargo, weapons) and often a full load of fuel.
  • The airline wanted an aircraft with excellent payload to achieve a good passenger-seat-per-mile cost even though it would be a more expensive aircraft to initially purchase.
  • A long, slender fuselage was necessary to contain most of the fuel as well as the landing gear and payloads.
1.1Equipment, personnel, or satellites carried by a spacecraft.
Example sentences
  • The satellite will carry a payload that will transmit a Galileo experimental signal.
  • I've restricted it to spacecraft carrying useful payloads that actually flew.
  • It operates microgravity science payloads for ground and spaceflight research.
1.2An explosive warhead carried by an aircraft or missile.
Example sentences
  • It will carry a warhead payload of 404 dual-purpose improved conventional munition bomblets.
  • Moreover, it is studying new kinds of warheads and payloads for the missiles, as well as new missiles.
  • It will have a 30-minute loiter time at 70 kilometers capability using a micro turbojet engine and a warhead payload.
2 Computing The actual information or message in transmitted data, as opposed to automatically generated metadata.
Example sentences
  • Each input or output port sustains a yielded data payload of 1.4GB/sec.
  • When the router gets the frame, it pulls the IP packet out of the frame and drops it into the payload field of anther frame to send across the WAN.
  • SNAP uses separate input and output ports with each port currently sustaining a data payload bandwidth of 1.4GB/sec.
2.1The effects of a virus on a computer system.
Example sentences
  • "The next big worm we have will have a more devastating payload," he predicts.
  • Media reports and announcements from various anti-virus vendors have warned that the W32/Klez-E worm will initiate a destructive payload today, 6 March.
  • It does not have a malicious payload, meaning it does not destroy or alter information within a computer.

Words that rhyme with payload

carload • cartload

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