Definition of "load" []

  • A weight or mass that is supported: the load on an arch. (noun)
  • The overall force to which a structure is subjected in supporting a weight or mass or in resisting externally applied forces. (noun)
  • Something that is carried, as by a vehicle, person, or animal: a load of firewood. (noun)
  • The quantity that is or can be carried at one time. (noun)
  • The share of work allocated to or required of a person, machine, group, or organization. (noun)
  • Something to be borne or conveyed; weight (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • The usual amount borne or conveyed (noun)
  • (in combination) (noun)
  • Something that weighs down, oppresses, or burdens (noun)
  • A single charge of a firearm (noun)
  • The weight that is carried by a structure (noun)
  • A device that receives or dissipates the power from an amplifier, oscillator, generator, or some other source of signals (noun)
  • The power delivered by a machine, generator, circuit, etc (noun)
  • The force acting on a component in a mechanism or structure (noun)
  • The resistance overcome by an engine or motor when it is driving a machine, etc (noun)
  • An external force applied to a component or mechanism (noun)
  • To place or receive (cargo, goods, etc) upon (a ship, lorry, etc) (verb)
  • To burden or oppress (verb)
  • To supply or beset (someone) with in abundance or overwhelmingly (verb)
  • To cause to be biased (verb)
  • To put an ammunition charge into (a firearm) (verb)
  • To position (a film, cartridge, or plate) in (a camera) (verb)
  • To weight or bias (a roulette wheel, dice, etc) (verb)
  • To increase (a premium) to cover expenses, etc (verb)
  • To draw power from (an electrical device, such as a generator) (verb)
  • To add material of high atomic number to (concrete) to increase its effectiveness as a radiation shield (verb)
  • To increase the power output of (an electric circuit) (verb)
  • To increase the work required from (an engine or motor) (verb)
  • To apply force to (a mechanism or component) (verb)
  • To transfer (a program) to a memory (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "load" in a sentence
  • "To examine whether there were any correlations between STM capacity and brain activity levels, we calculated Cowan's K capacity estimates at each load [load* (hits - false alarms)] [21], averaged across emotion conditions, with related beta values extracted from load-sensitive brain areas."
  • "Now, gentlemen, let us see what such a train load is equivalent to when it consists of grain."
  • "I was not depressed, because very often this means that a load is almost right, but not quite, and with a little tinkering you can get all three shots touching."