• (America) IPA: /loʊd/
  • (RP) IPA: /ləʊd/

load (plural loads)

  1. A burden; a weight to be carried.
    I struggled up the hill with the heavy load in my rucksack.
  2. (figuratively) A worry or concern to be endured, especially in the phrase a load off one's mind.
    • Our life's a load.
    • 2005, Coldplay, Green Eyes
      I came here with a load and it feels so much lighter, now I’ve met you.
  3. A certain number of articles or quantity of material that can be transported or processed at one time.
    The truck overturned while carrying a full load of oil.
    She put another load of clothes in the washing machine.
  4. A quantity of washing put into a washing machine for a wash cycle.
    I put a load on before we left.
  5. (in combination) Used to form nouns that indicate a large quantity, often corresponding to the capacity of a vehicle
  6. (often, in the plural, colloquial) A large number or amount.
    I got loads of presents for my birthday!
    I got a load of emails about that.
  7. The volume of work required to be performed.
    Will our web servers be able to cope with that load?
  8. (engineering) The force exerted on a structural component such as a beam, girder, cable etc.
    Each of the cross-members must withstand a tensile load of 1,000 newtons.
  9. (electrical engineering) The electrical current or power delivered by a device.
    I'm worried that the load on that transformer will be too high.
  10. (engineering) A resistive force encountered by a prime mover when performing work.
  11. (electrical engineering) Any component that draws current or power from an electrical circuit.
    Connect a second 24-ohm load across the power supply's output terminals.
  12. A unit of measure for various quantities.
    • 1866, James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, Volume 1, p. 172:
      If this load equals its modern representative, it contains 18 cwt. of dry, 19 of new hay.
  13. The viral load
  14. A very small explosive inserted as a gag into a cigarette or cigar.
  15. The charge of powder for a firearm.
  16. (obsolete) Weight or violence of blows.
  17. (vulgar, slang) The contents (e.g. semen) of an ejaculation.
    • 2006, John Patrick, Barely Legal, page 102 ↗
      Already, Robbie had dumped a load into his dad, and now, before my very eyes, was Alan's own cock lube seeping out
    • 2009, John Butler Wanderlust, page 35 ↗
      It felt so good, I wanted to just keep going until I blew a load down his throat, but I hadn't even seen his ass yet, and I sure didn't want to come yet.
  18. (euphemism) Nonsense; rubbish.
    What a load!
  19. (computing) The process of loading something, i.e. transferring it into memory or over a network, etc.
    All of those uncompressed images are going to slow down the page load.
    • 2009, Daniel Page, A Practical Introduction to Computer Architecture (page 614)
      This description represents a form of delay slot: the load operation takes some time to complete, say n cycles. Thus, the value loaded only becomes valid n cycles after the load seems to have executed and can therefore only be read after then.
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  • French: charge
  • Russian: нагру́зка
  • Spanish: carga
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load (loads, present participle loading; past loaded, past participle loaded)

  1. (transitive) To put a load on or in (a means of conveyance or a place of storage).
    The dock workers refused to load the ship.
  2. (transitive) To place in or on a conveyance or a place of storage.
    The longshoremen loaded the cargo quickly.
    He loaded his stuff into his storage locker.
  3. (intransitive) To put a load on something.
    The truck was supposed to leave at dawn, but in fact we spent all morning loading.
  4. (intransitive) To receive a load.
    The truck is designed to load easily.
  5. (intransitive) To be placed into storage or conveyance.
    The containers load quickly and easily.
  6. (transitive) To fill (a firearm or artillery) with munition.
    I pulled the trigger, but nothing happened. I had forgotten to load the gun.
  7. (transitive) To insert (an item or items) into an apparatus so as to ready it for operation, such as a reel of film into a camera, sheets of paper into a printer etc.
    Now that you've loaded the film [into the camera], you're ready to start shooting.
    Now that you've loaded the camera [with film], you're ready to start shooting.
  8. (transitive) To fill (an apparatus) with raw material.
    The workers loaded the blast furnace with coke and ore.
  9. (intransitive) To be put into use in an apparatus.
    The cartridge was designed to load easily.
  10. (transitive, computing) To read (data or a program) from a storage medium into computer memory.
    Click OK to load the selected data.
  11. (intransitive, computing) To transfer from a storage medium into computer memory.
    This program takes an age to load.
  12. (transitive, baseball) To put runners on first, second and third bases
    He walks to load the bases.
  13. (transitive) To tamper with so as to produce a biased outcome.
    You can load the dice in your favour by researching the company before your interview.
    The wording of the ballot paper loaded the vote in favour of the Conservative candidate.
  14. (transitive) To ask or adapt a question so that it will be more likely to be answered in a certain way.
  15. (transitive) To encumber with something negative, to place as an encumbrance.
    The new owners had loaded the company with debt.
    The new owners loaded debt on the company.
  16. (transitive) To provide in abundance.
    He loaded his system with carbs before the marathon.
    He loaded carbs into his system before the marathon.
  17. (transitive) To weight (a cane, whip, etc.) with lead or similar.
  18. (transitive, archaic, slang) To adulterate or drug.
    to load wine
  19. (transitive, archaic) To magnetize.
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