What does load mean?

Definitions for loadloʊd

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word load.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. load, loading, burden(noun)

    weight to be borne or conveyed

  2. load, loading(noun)

    a quantity that can be processed or transported at one time

    "the system broke down under excessive loads"

  3. cargo, lading, freight, load, loading, payload, shipment, consignment(noun)

    goods carried by a large vehicle

  4. load(noun)

    an amount of alcohol sufficient to intoxicate

    "he got a load on and started a brawl"

  5. load(noun)

    the power output of a generator or power plant

  6. burden, load, encumbrance, incumbrance, onus(noun)

    an onerous or difficult concern

    "the burden of responsibility"; "that's a load off my mind"

  7. lode, load(noun)

    a deposit of valuable ore occurring within definite boundaries separating it from surrounding rocks

  8. warhead, payload, load(noun)

    the front part of a guided missile or rocket or torpedo that carries the nuclear or explosive charge or the chemical or biological agents

  9. load(verb)

    electrical device to which electrical power is delivered

  10. load, lade, laden, load up(verb)

    fill or place a load on

    "load a car"; "load the truck with hay"

  11. load, charge(verb)

    provide (a device) with something necessary

    "He loaded his gun carefully"; "load the camera"

  12. load(verb)

    transfer from a storage device to a computer's memory

  13. load(verb)

    put (something) on a structure or conveyance

    "load the bags onto the trucks"

  14. load, adulterate, stretch, dilute, debase(verb)

    corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance; often by replacing valuable ingredients with inferior ones

    "adulterate liquor"


  1. Load(n.)

    The amount of work that a person, group, or machine is assigned to perform; as, the boss distributed the load evenly among his employees.

  2. Load(n.)

    (Elec.) The device or devices that consume power from a power supply.

  3. Load(n.)

    (Engineering) The weight or force that a structural support bears or is designed to bear; the object that creates that force.

  4. Origin: [OE. lode load, way; properly the same word as lode, but confused with lade, load, v. See Lade, Lead, v., Lode.]


  1. load(Noun)

    A burden; a weight to be carried.

    I struggled up the hill with the heavy load in my rucksack.

  2. load(Noun)

    A worry or concern to be endured, especially in the phrase a load off one's mind.

  3. load(Noun)

    A certain number of articles or quantity of material that can be transported or processed at one time.

  4. load(Noun)

    A large number or amount.

  5. load(Noun)

    The volume of work required to be performed.

    Will our web servers be able to cope with that load?

  6. load(Noun)

    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.

  7. load(Noun)

    The electrical current or power delivered by a device.

    I'm worried that the load on that transformer will be too high.

  8. load(Noun)

    Any component that draws current or power from an electrical circuit.

    Connect a second 24 ohm load across the power supply's output terminals.

  9. load(Verb)

    To put a load on (something).

  10. load(Verb)

    To fill (a firearm or artillery) with munition.

    I pulled the trigger, but nothing happened. I had forgotten to load the gun.

  11. load(Verb)

    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.

  12. load(Verb)

    To fill (a reactor or similar) with raw material.

    Layers of iron ore and coke are loaded into the blast furnace.

  13. load(Verb)

    To read (data or a program) from a storage medium into computer memory.

    Click OK to load the selected data.

  14. load(Verb)

    To transfer from a storage medium into computer memory.

    This program takes an age to load.

  15. load(Verb)

    To put runners on first, second and third bases

    He walks to load the bases.

  16. load(Verb)

    To tamper with so as to produce a biased outcome. Often used figuratively, to indicate the gaining of an advantage.

  17. load(Verb)

    To ask or adapt a question so that it will be more likely to be answered in a certain way.

  18. load(Noun)

    A unit of measure, often equivalent to the capacity of a waggon, but later becoming more specific measures of weight.

  19. load(Noun)

    A very small explosive inserted as a gag into a cigarette or cigar.

  20. load(Noun)

    A slang term for semen.

    Yeah, she was suckin' on me and I blew my load right in her face.

  21. Origin: From lode, loade, from lad, from laidō, from leit-, from lei-. Etymologically identical with lode, which preserved the older meaning. Cognate with leide, Leite, led, leið.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Load

    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

  2. Load

    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. Load

    that which burdens, oppresses, or grieves the mind or spirits; as, a load of care

  4. Load

    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. Load

    the charge of a firearm; as, a load of powder

  6. Load

    weight or violence of blows

  7. Load

    the work done by a steam engine or other prime mover when working

  8. Load(verb)

    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

  9. Load(verb)

    to adulterate or drug; as, to load wine

  10. Load(verb)

    to magnetize

  11. Origin: [OE. lode load, way; properly the same word as lode, but confused with lade, load, v. See Lade, Lead, v., Lode.]


  1. Load

    Load is the sixth studio album by American heavy metal band Metallica. Released on June 1, 1996 through Elektra Records, it sold 680,000 units in its first week and the biggest debut of 1996. Load debuted at #1 on Billboard 200. The album has sold over five million copies in United States and is certified 5x platinum by the RIAA. Four singles were released in part of the marketing campaign of the album: "Until It Sleeps", "Hero of the Day", "Mama Said", and "King Nothing". The album garnered backlash from a portion of the band's fan base because of a shift in tone from the group's previous efforts. According to drummer Lars Ulrich: "This album and what we're doing with it – that, to me, is what Metallica are all about: exploring different things. The minute you stop exploring, then just sit down and fucking die."

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Load

    lōd, v.t. to lade or burden: to put on as much as can be carried: to heap on: to put on overmuch: to confer or give in great abundance: to weigh down, to oppress: to weight by something specially added: to charge, as a gun: to make heavy, as a thin wine: to mix with white: to lay on colour in masses.—v.i. to put or take on a load: to charge a gun: to become loaded or burdened.—n. a lading or burden: as much as can be carried at once: freight or cargo: a measure: any large quantity borne: a quantity sustained with difficulty: that which burdens or grieves: a weight or encumbrance.—Load′en, old pa.p. of load.—ns. Load′er, one who, or that which, loads; Load′ing, the act of lading: a charge, cargo, or lading; Load′ing-machine′, a contrivance for loading cartridge-shells; Load′ing-tray, an iron frame on which a shot or shell is placed and brought forward into the opening in the breech of a gun; Load′-line, a line along the ship's side to mark the depth to which her proper cargo causes her to sink—also Plimsoll's mark.—Load a cane, whip, to weight it with lead, &c.; Load dice, to make one side heavier than the other, for purposes of cheating; Load wine, to falsify by mixing it with distilled liquor, sugar, &c. [A.S. hladan, pa.t. hlód, to load.]

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Load

    In a dynamo the amperes of current delivered by it under any given conditions.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. load

    The total weight of passengers and/or freight carried on board a ship, aircraft, train, road vehicle, or other means of conveyance. See also airlift capability; airlift requirement.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'load' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4333

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'load' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1331

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'load' in Nouns Frequency: #1106

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'load' in Verbs Frequency: #685


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of load in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of load in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Batman:

    The Joker Wait'll they get a load of ME

  2. Matshona Dhliwayo:

    Love is the lightest load the heart can carry.

  3. Thomas Jefferson, letter to Samuel Kercheval, July 12, 1816:

    We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt.

  4. Phillips Brooks:

    I do not pray for a lighter load, but for a stronger back.

  5. Chesterfield County:

    This has completely changed our definition of an ass-load of guns.

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Translations for load

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • عبأ, حمل, شحنArabic
  • carregarCatalan, Valencian
  • naložitCzech
  • ladeDanish
  • ein Haufen, ladenGerman
  • φορτίο, φορτία, βάρος, φόρτωμα, φόρτος, φορτώνω, οπλίζω, γεμίζωGreek
  • ŝarĝiEsperanto
  • carga, cargamento, cargarSpanish
  • laadung, last, koorem, laadimaEstonian
  • kuorma, taakka, lasti, panostaa, kuormata, johdatella, ladata, täyttää, lastata, painottaa, laittaaFinnish
  • løðaFaroese
  • tas, charge, puissance, paquet, chargerFrench
  • luchd, luchdaichScottish Gaelic
  • भारHindi
  • բեռArmenian
  • carica, saccoItalian
  • 負荷, 多量, 荷物, 積載量, 仕事量, 読み込む, 載せる, 積み込む, 弾を込める, 積む, 装塡するJapanese
  • 짐, 싣다Korean
  • بار, بار به‌ستینKurdish
  • luedenLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • krautLatvian
  • utanga, wahanga, kawenga, whakauta, whakapuru, puru, utaMāori
  • belasting, hoop, vermogen, gewicht, heel wat, lading, laden, inladen, inlezenDutch
  • cargarOccitan
  • ładowność, obciążenie, mnóstwo, ładunek, ciężar, wgrać, obciążać, załadować, ładowaćPolish
  • monte, carregamento, fardo, carga, carregarPortuguese
  • tgargia, carga, chargia, chargiar, charger, cargear, carger, cargarRomansh
  • sarcină, încărcaRomanian
  • нагрузка, груз, грузить, загружать, загрузить, заряжать, нагрузить, нагружать, зарядитьRussian
  • carrigai, carricare, carriai, carriare, carrigareSardinian
  • ngarkojAlbanian
  • last, börda, laddaSwedish
  • mzigoSwahili
  • పనిభారము, భారము, సరుకు, నింపుట, సరుకు ఎక్కించుటTelugu
  • tcherdjîWalloon
  • 加载Chinese

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