- See under loading(def 4).
- the act of a person or thing that loads.
- that with which something is loaded; load, burden, or charge.
- Electricity. the process of adding reactance to a telephone circuit, radio antenna, etc.
- Aeronautics. the ratio of the gross weight of an airplane to engine power (power loading), wing span (span loading), or wing area (wing loading).
- Insurance. an addition to the net premium, to cover expenses and allow a margin for contingencies and profit.
Origin of loading
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- a load or burden; weight
- the addition of an inductance to electrical equipment, such as a transmission line or aerial, to improve its performanceSee loading coil
- an addition to an insurance premium to cover expenses, provide a safer profit margin, etc
- the ratio of the gross weight of an aircraft to its engine power (power loading), wing area (wing loading), or some other parameter, or of the gross weight of a helicopter to its rotor disc area (disc loading)
- psychol the correlation of a factor, such as a personality trait, with a performance score derived from a psychological test
- material, such as china clay or size, added to paper, textiles, or similar materials to produce a smooth surface, increase weight, etc
- Australian and NZ a payment made in addition to a basic wage or salary to reward special skills, compensate for unfavourable conditions, etc
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- The administration of a substance for the purpose of testing metabolic function.
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