Load vs Downloading - What's the difference?

load | downloading |

As verbs the difference between load and downloading

is that load is to put a load on or in (a means of conveyance or a place of storage) while downloading is .

As a noun load

is a burden; a weight to be carried.




(en noun)
  • A burden; a weight to be carried.
  • I struggled up the hill with the heavy load in my rucksack.
  • (figuratively) A worry or concern to be endured, especially in the phrase a load off one's mind .
  • * Dryden
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • (in combination)
  • (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.
  • The volume of work required to be performed.
  • Will our web servers be able to cope with that load ?
  • (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.
  • (electrical engineering) The electrical current or power delivered by a device.
  • I'm worried that the load on that transformer will be too high.
  • (engineering) The work done by a steam engine or other prime mover when working.
  • (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.
  • (obsolete) A unit of measure, often equivalent to the capacity of a waggon, but later becoming more specific measures of weight.
  • * 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.
  • A very small explosive inserted as a gag into a cigarette or cigar.
  • The charge of powder for a firearm.
  • (obsolete) Weight or violence of blows.
  • (Milton)
  • (vulgar, slang) The 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.


    * charge, freight

    Derived terms

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  • To put a load on or in (a means of conveyance or a place of storage).
  • The dock workers refused to load the ship.
  • 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.
  • To put a load on something.
  • The truck was supposed to leave at dawn, but in fact we spent all morning loading .
  • To receive a load.
  • ''The truck is designed to load easily.
  • To be placed into storage or conveyance.
  • The containers load quickly and easily .
  • To fill (a firearm or artillery) with munition.
  • I pulled the trigger, but nothing happened. I had forgotten to load the gun.
  • 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 you're ready to start shooting.
  • To fill (an apparatus) with raw material.
  • The workers loaded the blast furnace with coke and ore.
  • To be put into use in an apparatus.
  • The cartridge was designed to load easily.
  • (computing) To read (data or a program) from a storage medium into computer memory.
  • Click OK to load the selected data.
  • (computing) To transfer from a storage medium into computer memory.
  • This program takes an age to load .
  • (baseball) To put runners on first]], [[second base, second and third bases
  • He walks to load the bases.
  • 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.
  • To ask or adapt a question so that it will be more likely to be answered in a certain way.
  • To encumber with something negative.
  • The new owners had loaded the company with debt.
  • To place as an encumbrance.
  • The new owners loaded debt on the company.
  • To provide in abundance.
  • He loaded his system with carbs before the marathon.
    He loaded carbs into his system before the marathon.
  • (transitive, archaic, slang) To adulterate or drug.
  • to load wine
  • (archaic) To magnetize.
  • (Prior)

    Derived terms

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    Derived terms

    * dead load * download * live load * load-bearing * loaded * loading * loadsamoney * load up * payload * shitload * unit load * upload English collective nouns ----