- 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 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 load (2).
- The electrical power drawn from a source of electricity, such as a generator or power line. Also called load (3).
- A circuit or device which receives the useful signal output from a signal source such as an amplifier or oscillator. Also called load (4).