A burden; a weight to be carried.
(figuratively) A worry or concern to be endured, especially in the phrase a load off one's mind .
- I struggled up the hill with the heavy load in my rucksack.
* 2005 , (Coldplay), Green Eyes
- Our life's a load .
A certain number of articles or quantity of material that can be transported or processed at one time.
- I came here with a load and it feels so much lighter, now I’ve met you.
- The truck overturned while carrying a full load of oil.
(often, in the plural, colloquial) A large number or amount.
- She put another load of clothes in the washing machine.
- I got loads of presents for my birthday!
The volume of work required to be performed.
- I got a load of emails about that.
(engineering) The force exerted on a structural component such as a beam, girder, cable etc.
- Will our web servers be able to cope with that load ?
(electrical engineering) The electrical current or power delivered by a device.
- Each of the cross-members must withstand a tensile load of 1,000 newtons.
(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.
- I'm worried that the load on that transformer will be too high.
(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:
- Connect a second 24 ohm load across the power supply's output terminals.
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.
- If this load equals its modern representative, it contains 18 cwt. of dry, 19 of new hay.
(vulgar, slang) The semen of an ejaculation.
* 2006 , John Patrick, Barely Legal ,
* 2009 , John Butler Wanderlust ,
- Already, Robbie had dumped a load into his dad, and now, before my very eyes, was Alan's own cock lube seeping out
- 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
To put a load on or in (a means of conveyance or a place of storage).
To place in or on a conveyance or a place of storage.
- The dock workers refused to load the ship.
- The longshoremen loaded the cargo quickly.
To put a load on something.
- He loaded his stuff into his storage locker.
To receive a load.
- The truck was supposed to leave at dawn, but in fact we spent all morning loading .
To be placed into storage or conveyance.
- ''The truck is designed to load easily.
To fill (a firearm or artillery) with munition.
- The containers load quickly and easily .
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.
- I pulled the trigger, but nothing happened. I had forgotten to load the gun.
To fill (an apparatus) with raw material.
- Now that you've loaded the film you're ready to start shooting.
To be put into use in an apparatus.
- The workers loaded the blast furnace with coke and ore.
(computing) To read (data or a program) from a storage medium into computer memory.
- The cartridge was designed to load easily.
(computing) To transfer from a storage medium into computer memory.
- Click OK to load the selected data.
(baseball) To put runners on first]], [[second base, second and third bases
- This program takes an age to load .
To tamper with so as to produce a biased outcome.
- He walks to load the bases.
- You can load the dice in your favour by researching the company before your interview.
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 wording of the ballot paper loaded the vote in favour of the Conservative candidate.
To place as an encumbrance.
- The new owners had loaded the company with debt.
To provide in abundance.
- The new owners loaded debt on the company.
- He loaded his system with carbs before the marathon.
(transitive, archaic, slang) To adulterate or drug.
- He loaded carbs into his system before the marathon.
(archaic) To magnetize.
- to load wine
* dead load
* live load
* load up
* unit load
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