Definitions for: Load


[n] goods carried by a large vehicle
[n] weight to be borne or conveyed
[n] electrical device to which electrical power is delivered
[n] the part of a missile or torpedo that carries the explosive charge
[n] an onerous or difficult concern; "the burden of responsibility"; "that's a load off my mind"
[n] a deposit of valuable ore occurring within definite boundaries separating it from surrounding rocks
[n] the power output of a generator or power plant
[n] (informal) an amount of alcohol sufficient to intoxicate; "he got a load on and started a brawl"
[n] a quantity that can be processed or transported at one time; "the system broke down under excessive loads"
[v] place a load on; "Load the cart with apples"
[v] fill or load; "load a car"
[v] provide with munition"He loaded his gun carefully"
[v] fill by packing tightly; "stow the cart"
[v] put (something) on a structure or conveyance; "load the bags onto the trucks"



Webster (1913) Definition: Load, n. [OE. lode load, way; properly the same word as
lode, but confused with lade, load, v. See Lade, Lead,
v., Lode.]
1. A burden; that which is laid on or put in anything for
conveyance; that which is borne or sustained; a weight;
as, a heavy load.

He might such a load To town with his ass carry.
--Gower.

2. The quantity which can be carried or drawn in some
specified way; the contents of a cart, barrow, or vessel;
that which will constitute a cargo; lading.

3. That which burdens, oppresses, or grieves the mind or
spirits; as, a load of care. `` A . . . load of guilt.''
--Ray. `` Our life's a load.'' --Dryden.

4. A particular measure for certain articles, being as much
as may be carried at one time by the conveyance commonly
used for the article measured; as, a load of wood; a load
of hay; specifically, five quarters.

5. The charge of a firearm; as, a load of powder.

6. Weight or violence of blows. [Obs.] --Milton.

7. (Mach.) The work done by a steam engine or other prime
mover when working.

Load line, or Load water line (Naut.), the line on the
outside of a vessel indicating the depth to which it sinks
in the water when loaded.

Syn: Burden; lading; weight; cargo. See Burden.


Load, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Loaded; p. pr. & vb. n.
Loading. Loaden is obsolete, and laden belongs to lade.]
1. To lay a load or burden on or in, as on a horse or in a
cart; to charge with a load, as a gun; to furnish with a
lading or cargo, as a ship; hence, to add weight to, so as
to oppress or embarrass; to heap upon.

I strive all in vain to load the cart. --Gascoigne.

I have loaden me with many spoils. --Shak.

Those honors deep and broad, wherewith Your majesty
loads our house. --Shak.



2. To adulterate or drug; as, to load wine. [Cant]

3. To magnetize.[Obs.] --Prior.

Loaded dice, dice with one side made heavier than the
others, so that the number on the opposite side will come
up oftenest.

Synonyms: burden, burden, cargo, consignment, encumbrance, freight, incumbrance, lade, laden, lading, load up, loading, loading, lode, onus, payload, shipment, stow, warhead

Antonyms: offload, unload

See Also: alluviation, atomic warhead, bomb up, burthen, champion lode, charge, concern, dead load, dead weight, deposit, electric power, electrical device, electrical power, explosive, fardel, fill, fill up, guided missile, headache, imposition, indefinite quantity, lay, live load, load down, make full, merchandise, millstone, mother lode, nuclear warhead, nuke, overburden, overcharge, overload, overload, pack, place, pose, position, product, put, recharge, reload, sedimentation, set, stack, superload, surcharge, thermonuclear warhead, trainload, vexation, wares, wattage, weight, worry

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