- the power delivered by a generator, motor, power station, or transformer.
- a device that receives power.
verb (used with object)
- to place a large amount of pigment on (a brush).
- to apply a thick layer of pigment to (a canvas).
- (of metal being deep-drawn) to become welded to (the drawing tool).
- (of material being ground) to fill the depressions in the surface of (a grinding wheel).
- (in powder metallurgy) to fill the cavity of (a die).
- to bring (a program or data) into main storage from external or auxiliary storage.
- to place (an input/output medium) into an appropriate device, as by inserting a disk into a disk drive.
verb (used without object)
- loa loa,
- load displacement,
- load factor,
- load fund,
- load line,
- load module
- to look at; notice; observe.
- to listen to with interest: Did you get a load of what she said?
Origin of load
- the usual amount borne or conveyed
- (in combination)a carload
- a device that receives or dissipates the power from an amplifier, oscillator, generator, or some other source of signals
- the power delivered by a machine, generator, circuit, etc
verb (mainly tr)
- to add weights to dice in order to bias them
- to arrange to have a favourable or unfavourable position
Word Origin for load
"that which is laid upon a person or beast, burden," c.1200, from Old English lad "way, course, carrying," from Proto-Germanic *laitho (cf. Old High German leita, German leite, Old Norse leið "way, course"); related to Old English lædan "to guide," from PIE *leit- "to go forth" (see lead (v.)). Sense shifted 13c. to supplant words based on lade, to which it is not etymologically connected; original association with "guide" is preserved in lodestone. Meaning "amount customarily loaded at one time" is from c.1300.
Figurative sense of "burden weighing on the mind, heart, or soul" is first attested 1590s. Meaning "amount of work" is from 1946. Colloquial loads "lots, heaps" is attested from c.1600. Phrase take a load off (one's) feet "sit down, relax" is from 1914, American English. Get a load of "take a look at" is American English colloquial, attested from 1929.
late 15c., "to place in or on a vehicle," from load (n.). Transitive sense of "to put a load in or on" is from c.1500; of firearms from 1620s. Of a vehicle, "to fill with passengers," from 1832. Related: Loaded; loaden (obs.); loading.
get a load of
Look at or listen to, as in Get a load of Mike feeding the baby, or Through those thin walls we really got a load of their fight. [Slang; early 1900s]
In addition to the idioms beginning with load
- loaded for bear
- loaded question
- load off one's feet
- load off one's mind, a
- load the dice
- bricks shy of a load
- carbo load
- get a load of
- take the load off