Definition of preload in English:

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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] British informal Drink alcohol, especially in large quantities, before going out socially: drinking is expensive at festivals so they preload 60 per cent of respondents said they preloaded before going out.
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  • He told his very sober audience of floating voters, sympathisers and the worried well that preloading at home with cheap alcohol was at the root of a lot of crime.
  • "When you talk about anti-social behaviour there is evidence that preloading is a definite factor," he said.
  • Every weekend alcohol is sold cheaply allowing young people to engage in 'pre-loading' - getting drunk at home cheaply before hitting the bars and clubs in our towns and city.


Pronunciation: /ˈpriːləʊd/
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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