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Meaning of LOAD

Pronunciation:  lowd

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

LOAD is a 4 letter word that starts with L.


 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



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
    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}.
  2. \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.
Computing Dictionary

1. To copy data (often program code to be run) into memory, possibly parsing it somehow in the process. E.g. "wordperfect can't load this rtf file - are you sure it didn't get corrupted in the download?" Opposite of save.

2. The degree to which a computer, network, or other resource is used, sometimes expressed as a percentage of the maximum available. E.g. "What kind of CPU load does that program give?", "The network's constantly running at 100% load". Sometimes used, by extension, to mean "to increase the level of use of a resource". E.g. "Loading a spreadsheet really loads the CPU". See also: load balancing.

3. To install a piece of software onto a system. E.g. "The computer guy is gonna come load Excel on my laptop for me". This usage is widely considered to be incorrect.

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