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  1. the act of lading.
  2. that with which something is laden; load; freight; cargo.
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Origin of lading

First recorded in 1490–1500; lade + -ing1


verb (used with object), lad·ed, lad·en or lad·ed, lad·ing.
  1. to put (something) on or in, as a burden, load, or cargo; load.
  2. to load oppressively; burden (used chiefly in the passive): laden with many responsibilities.
  3. to fill or cover abundantly (used chiefly in the passive): trees laden with fruit; a man laden with honors.
  4. to lift or throw in or out, as a fluid, with a ladle or other utensil.
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verb (used without object), lad·ed, lad·en or lad·ed, lad·ing.
  1. to take on a load.
  2. to lade a liquid.
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Origin of lade

before 900; Middle English laden, Old English hladan to load, draw up (water); cognate with Dutch laden, German laden, Old Norse hlatha to load. Cf. ladle
Related formslad·er, noun
Can be confusedlade laid
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Related Words for lading

load, shipping, freight, shipment

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Historical Examples of lading

  • Ah, lad, invoices and bills of lading are not done up in that fashion.

    Micah Clarke

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • That you sent no lading in the ship is wonderfull, and worthily distasted.

  • Beware of lading your souls with the weight of small single sins.

  • I am therefore ready to deliver the said cargo according to the bill of lading.

    Tea Leaves


  • But some one will meet them, and tell them that their lading is worthless?

    The Boy Slaves

    Mayne Reid

British Dictionary definitions for lading


  1. a load; cargo; freight
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verb lades, lading, laded, laden (ˈleɪdən) or laded
  1. to put cargo or freight on board (a ship, etc) or (of a ship, etc) to take on cargo or freight
  2. (tr; usually passive and foll by with) to burden or oppress
  3. (tr; usually passive and foll by with) to fill or load
  4. to remove (liquid) with or as if with a ladle
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Derived Formslader, noun

Word Origin for lade

Old English hladen to load; related to Dutch laden


  1. Scot a watercourse, esp a millstream
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Word Origin for lade

of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for lading


"act of loading a boat," early 15c., verbal noun from lade (v.).

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Old English hladan (past tense hlod, past participle gehladen) "to load, heap" (the general Germanic sense), also "to draw water" (a meaning peculiar to English), from Proto-Germanic *khlad- (cf. Old Norse hlaða, Old Saxon hladan, Middle Dutch and Dutch laden, Old Frisian hlada "to load," Old High German hladen, German laden), from PIE *kla- "to spread out flat" (cf. Lithuanian kloti "to spread," Old Church Slavonic klado "to set, place").

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