General English

  • noun a number of heavy objects which are carried in a vehicle such as truck
  • verb to put something, especially something heavy, into or on to a vehicle such as a truck or van

General Science

  • noun a job or piece of work to be done
  • noun the power output of an electrical generator or power plant
  • noun the amount of something that a vehicle can carry or a machine can deal with at one time
  • verb to put something into a vehicle or into a piece of equipment
  • verb to transfer a file or program from disk or tape to main memory
  • verb to put a disk or tape into a computer, so that it can be run


  • noun the resistance of a device or of a line to which electrical power is provided


  • noun an amount of goods which are transported in a particular vehicle or aircraft
  • verb to add extra charges to a price

Cars & Driving

  • noun the amount of material transported
  • noun the amount of power carried by an electric circuit
  • noun resistance overcome by an engine when it is driving a machine


  • verb to put something such as a disk into a computer, so that it can be run


  • The force, or combination of forces, that act upon a structural system or individual member.
  • The electrical power delivered to any device or piece of electrical equipment.
  • The placing of explosives in a hole.


  • The power consumed by a component, device, piece of equipment, machine, or system while performing its functions. This power may be electrical, mechanical, nuclear, wind, and so on. Also, any component, device, piece of equipment, machine, or system consuming this power. Also called output load (1).
  • Any component, circuit, device, piece of equipment, or system which consumes, dissipates, radiates, or otherwise utilizes power, especially electricity. There are countless examples, including resistors, amplifiers, TVs, speakers, antennas, lamps, and appliances. Also, the power so consumed. Also called output load (2).
  • The electrical power drawn from a source of electricity, such as a generator or power line. Also called output load (3).
  • A circuit or device which receives the useful signal output from a signal source such as an amplifier or oscillator. Also called output load (4).
  • To utilize inductors and/or capacitors to increase the electrical length of an antenna, or otherwise alter its characteristics.
  • In dielectric and induction heating, the object or material being heated.
  • To insert a computer storage medium, such as a disc or tape, into a drive or other device utilized to read and/or write to it.
  • To transfer data to or from a computer storage medium, such as a disk or tape. For example, to load a program into memory for execution. Also, to transfer data to or from a database.
  • To place data in a computer register.
  • To insert a disk, cassette, reel, cartridge, drum, or other object composed of, or containing a recordable medium into a device utilized for recording and/or reproduction.
  • In a communications network, the amount of traffic at a given moment.

Media Studies

  • verb to put a film, plate or tape in a camera, or take one in


  • noun something that is carried by an aircraft, person or vehicle
  • verb to put a load or cargo onto an aircraft, vehicle or ship
  • verb to put ammunition into a weapon
  • verb to put a loaded magazine onto a weapon


  • verb to plant (someone) with illicit drugs or stolen goods, or to frame by manufacturing evidence. A term from the Australian criminal milieu which was first recorded in the 1930s and is still in use. The noun form is occasionally used to mean either an act of framing or the supposed evidence used.


  • noun the force that a body part or structure is subjected to when it resists externally applied forces
  • noun the amount of something, usually weight, that a body part can deal with at one time

Origin & History of “load”

Load originally meant ‘way, course’ and ‘conveyance, carriage’. It goes back to prehistoric Germanic *laithō, which also lies behind English lead ‘conduct’. Not until the 13th century did it begin to move over to its current sense ‘burden’, under the direct influence of lade (OE) (a verb of Germanic origin which now survives mainly in its past participial adjective laden and the derived noun ladle (OE)).

The word’s original sense ‘way’ is preserved in lodestar (14th c.), etymologically a ‘guiding star’, and lodestone (16th c.), likewise a ‘guiding stone’, named from its use as a compass.