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a. A weight or mass that is supported: the load on an arch.
b. The overall force to which a structure is subjected in supporting a weight or mass or in resisting externally applied forces.
a. Something that is carried, as by a vehicle, person, or animal: a load of firewood.
b. The quantity that is or can be carried at one time.
a. The share of work allocated to or required of a person, machine, group, or organization.
b. The demand for services or performance made on a machine or system.
4. The amount of material that can be inserted into a device or machine at one time: The washing machine has a full load.
a. A single charge of ammunition for a firearm.
b. Vulgar Slang An ejaculation of semen.
a. A mental weight or burden: Good news took a load off my mind.
b. A responsibility regarded as oppressive.
7. The external mechanical resistance against which a machine acts.
8. Electricity
a. The power output of a generator or power plant.
b. A device or the resistance of a device to which power is delivered.
9. A fee that a mutual fund charges to an investor when the investor purchases or redeems shares in the fund.
10. often loads Informal A great number or amount: There were loads of people at the parade.
11. Derogatory Slang A heavy or overweight person.
12. Genetic load.
v. load·ed, load·ing, loads
a. To put (something) into or onto a structure or conveyance: loading grain onto a train.
b. To put something into or onto (a structure or conveyance): loaded the tanker with crude oil.
2. To provide or fill nearly to overflowing; heap: loaded the table with food.
3. To give worries or difficulties to; weigh down; burden: was loaded with responsibility.
4. To insert (a necessary material) into a device: loaded rounds into the rifle.
5. To insert a necessary material into: loaded the printer with paper.
6. Games To make (dice) heavier on one side by adding weight.
7. To charge with additional meanings, implications, or emotional import: loaded the question to trick the witness.
8. To raise the power demand in (an electrical circuit), as by adding resistance.
9. To increase (an insurance premium or mutual fund share price) by adding expenses or sale costs.
10. Baseball To have or put runners on (first, second, and third base).
11. Computers To transfer (data) from a storage device into a computer's memory.
1. To receive a load: Container ships can load rapidly.
2. To charge a firearm with ammunition.
3. To put or place a load into or onto a structure, device, or conveyance.
4. Computers To be transferred from a storage device into a computer's memory.
get a load of
1. Slang To look at; notice.
2. To listen to: Get a load of this!
have a load on
Slang To be intoxicated.
take a load off
To sit or lie down.

[Middle English lode, alteration (influenced by laden, to load) of lade, course, way, from Old English lād; see leit- in Indo-European roots.]


pl n
(often foll by of) a lot: loads to eat.
(intensifier): loads better; thanks loads.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.loads - a large number or amountloads - a large number or amount; "made lots of new friends"; "she amassed stacks of newspapers"
large indefinite amount, large indefinite quantity - an indefinite quantity that is above the average in size or magnitude
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That was a real lady, I'll be bound for it," said Jakes to himself; "she spoke just as polite as if I was a gentleman, and I'll try her plan, uphill, at any rate;" and I must do him the justice to say that he let my rein out several holes, and going uphill after that, he always gave me my head; but the heavy loads went on.
There turned out to be only thirty-two loads in the stack.
Promise, and I will lead you to it--if ten loads is enough?
Stuart went forward with the first loads, and took his station at the head of the portage, while Mr.
Somebody's load has tipped off in the road-- Cheer for a halt and a row
The profitable ship will carry a large load through all the hazards of the weather, and, when at rest, will stand up in dock and shift from berth to berth without ballast.
That we should have risked a second boat load seems more daring than it really was.
There was a last load of lumber to be hauled to the village, and Jotham Powell-who did not work regularly for Ethan in winter-had "come round" to help with the job.
AN ASS, carrying a load of wood, passed through a pond.
The day being the sixth of April, the Durbeyfield waggon met many other waggons with families on the summit of the load, which was built on a wellnigh unvarying principle, as peculiar, probably, to the rural labourer as the hexagon to the bee.
And I've forgotten where I hid the powder and shot to load it with.
But tell me where it is, and I will load my eighty camels with it, and give you one of them as a token of my gratitude.