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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
References in classic literature ?
Pull now, men, like fifty thousand line-of-battle-ship loads of red-haired devils.
It often went to my heart to see how the little ponies were used, straining along with heavy loads or staggering under heavy blows from some low, cruel boy.
On one side of the room were the hoppers, into which men shoveled loads of meat and wheelbarrows full of spices; in these great bowls were whirling knives that made two thousand revolutions a minute, and when the meat was ground fine and adulterated with potato flour, and well mixed with water, it was forced to the stuffing machines on the other side of the room.
I thought I could do my work well, and keep on quiet, and have some time to read and learn out of work hours; but the more he see I can do, the more he loads on.
A man's health requires as many acres of meadow to his prospect as his farm does loads of muck.
He said there was loads of them there, anyway; and he said there was A-rabs there, too, and elephants and things.
Well, we've tried Jackson's Island a little, and we can try it again some time; and there's the old ha'nted house up the Still-House branch, and there's lots of dead- limb trees -- dead loads of 'em.
If he loads his vessel one-thirtieth part more than he ought, what happens?
Three tumbrils faring away with their dread loads over the hushing snow.
The porters lay beside their loads, ready to swing them aloft at a moment's notice.
And when the flowers saw this, and found the once cruel Elf now watering and tending little buds, feeding hungry insects, and helping the busy ants to bear their heavy loads, they shared the pity of the birds, and longed to trust him; but they dared not yet.
Having deposited their loads upon the broken part, they dived into the water, and shortly reappeared at the surface.