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Old English lād
- A burden; a weight to be carried.
- I struggled up the hill with the heavy load in my rucksack.
- (figuratively) A worry or concern to be endured, especially in the phrase a load off one's mind.
- A certain number of articles or quantity of material that can be transported or processed at one time.
- The truck overturned while carrying a full load of oil.
- She put another load of clothes in the washing machine.
- (often Template loop detected: Template:context 1) (colloquial) A large number or amount.
- I got loads of presents for my birthday!
- I got a load of emails about that.
- The volume of work required to be performed.
- Will our web servers be able to cope with that load?
- (engineering) 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.
- (electrical engineering) The electrical current or power delivered by a device.
- I'm worried that the load on that transformer will be too high.
- (electrical engineering) Any component that draws current or power from an electrical circuit.
- Connect a second 24 ohm load across the power supply's output terminals.
- A unit of measure, often equivalent to the capacity of a waggon, but later becoming more specific measures of weight.
- 1866: If this load equals its modern representative, it contains 18 cwt. of dry, 19 of new hay. — James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, Volume 1, p. 172.
- A very small explosive inserted as a gag into a cigarette or cigar.
Third person singular
- (usually Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To put a load on (something).
- The dock workers refused to load the cargo onto the ship.
- The truck was supposed to leave at dawn, but in fact we spent all morning loading.
- (transitive) To fill (a firearm or artillery) with munition.
- I pulled the trigger, but nothing happened. I had forgotten to load the gun.
- (transitive) 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.
- (transitive) (computing) To read (data or a program) from a storage medium into computer memory.
- Click OK to load the selected data.
- (intransitive) (computing) To transfer from a storage medium into computer memory.
- This program takes an age to load.
- (transitive) (baseball) To fill the bases with runners
- He walks to load the bases.
- (transitive) (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To tamper with so as to produce a biased outcome. Often used figuratively, to indicate the gaining of an advantage.
- You can load the dice in your favour by researching the company before your interview.
- The wording of the ballot paper loaded the vote in favour of the Conservative candidate.
- (transitive) To ask or adapt a question so that it will be more likely to be answered in a certain way.
- Second-person plural imperative of loar.
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