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Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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

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

    goods carried by a large vehicle


  1. payload(Noun)

    That part of a cargo that produces revenue

  2. payload(Noun)

    The total weight of passengers, crew, equipment and cargo carried by an aircraft or spacecraft

  3. payload(Noun)

    That part of a rocket, missile, propelled stinger or torpedo that is not concerned with propulsion or guidance, such as a warhead or satellite.

  4. payload(Noun)

    The functional part of a computer virus rather than the part that spreads it

  5. payload(Noun)

    The actual data in a data stream


  1. Payload

    In military aircraft or space exploration, the payload is the carrying capacity of an aircraft or space ship, including cargo, munitions, scientific instruments or experiments. Extra fuel, when optionally carried, is also considered part of the payload. The fraction of payload to the total liftoff weight of the air or spacecraft is known as the "payload fraction". When the weight of the payload and fuel are considered together, it is known as the "useful load fraction". In spacecraft, "mass fraction" is normally used, which is the ratio of payload to everything else, including the rocket structure. There is a natural trade-off between the payload and the range of an aircraft. A payload range diagram illustrates the trade-off. The top horizontal line represents the maximum payload. It is limited structurally by maximum zero fuel weight of the aircraft. Maximum payload is the difference between maximum zero-fuel Weight and operational empty weight. Moving left-to-right along the line shows the constant maximum payload as the range increases. More fuel needs to be added for more range. Weight in the fuel tanks in the wings does not contribute as significantly to the bending moment in the wing as does weight in the fuselage. So even when the airplane has been loaded with its maximum payload that the wings can support, it can still carry a significant amount of fuel.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. payload

    1. The sum of the weight of passengers and cargo that an aircraft can carry. See also load. 2. The warhead, its container, and activating devices in a military missile. 3. The satellite or research vehicle of a space probe or research missile. 4. The load (expressed in tons of cargo or equipment, gallons of liquid, or number of passengers) which the vehicle is designed to transport under specified conditions of operation, in addition to its unladen weight.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of payload in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of payload in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of payload in a Sentence

  1. Sanford Simon:

    Because the payload can be delivered to areas where it’s needed rapidly— no special handling required— then applied to the skin by someone whose sophistication is limited to that of applying a Band-Aid… it becomes possible to address these major challenges that have long bedeviled the health care profession in delivering vaccines to underserved areas.

  2. Tim Clark:

    It (787-10) doesn't have the capability of lifting the payload to distances that we would want beyond about eight hours.

  3. Defense Secretary Ash Carter:

    I saw some of the A-10s that are flying bombing missions against ISIL (the Pentagon's term for ISIS) when I was at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey last December, and we need the additional payload capacity they can bring to the fight, we're pushing off the A-10's final retirement until 2022 so we can keep more aircraft that can drop smart bombs on ISIL.

  4. Robert Bigelow:

    It has to have a payload that has a science application to it.

  5. Cedric Leighton:

    The FOAB is a thermobaric bomb, which means that its payload explodes at much higher temperatures, the result is that living things within the area of detonation are vaporized, making the FOAB a spectacularly terrible weapon.

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